Aging, Pain, NAD+ Therapy and Why You Need It

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Are you aging and wish you could reverse it, or at minimum, press the pause button before your next birthday? Are you aging the way you had imagined, gracefully and with ease? Or do you seem to wake up with yet another wrinkle, joint ache, or a new feeling of stiffness? Do you wake up in the morning without feeling refreshed? If you answered yes to any of those questions, I encourage you to continue reading.

Just so you know, the aging process isn’t supposed to be feel like that. One of the main reasons premature aging has become so noticeable is because our overall total body burden is getting progressively more toxic. We are living in an environment where our body’s filtration systems and detoxification pathways are on absolute overload. All of these metabolic processes take extreme amounts of energy that our body simply cannot keep up with in terms of energy production. As we age, that ability to keep up with the demands of adequate physiologic energy requirements (also known as ATP), becomes impossible, hence the standard American aging process that has become considered normal. We have become accustomed to rationalizing feeling terrible as “I’m just getting older, and this is now life as I know it.” Wrong!

So how can you stop this or at least regain some of your energy? Is there help to slow the aging process down or even reverse some of these manifestations that have become tolerable to you? The answer is yes.

What is NAD?

There is an enzyme complex called NAD+ (Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide) which is literally required by every cell in the body and within every living species to function. Studies tell us “It is now becoming a consensus that NAD+ levels decline at cellular, tissue/organ, and organismal levels during the course of aging.” (4)

Now that we know our NAD+ levels are declining with age based on clinical research, you can do something about it. Some factors contributing to decreased levels of NAD+ are stress, lack of sleep, poor diet, alcohol, and a lack of exercise. As always, attention to our lifestyle and habits can play a significant role in the healthy aging process.

Fountain of Youth?

NAD+ has recently been coined with the term Fountain of Youth. High dose NAD+ IVs have been shown to help slow or reverse the signs of aging by restoring cellular function on all levels so you can do the activities you enjoy most. Whether that’s running marathons, hiking, cooking, or simply spending time with your loved ones, NAD+ therapy has been shown to vastly improve the quality of life in patients ranging from autoimmunity, extreme athletes just wanting better muscle function/recovery, to the everyday working class person struggling with metabolic concerns and consequences of aging in a toxic world.

Many patients throughout the country that have been treated with NAD+ protocols have reported radical positive changes in their quality of life with reports of regaining a sense of purpose in life.

The functions ofNAD+ are vast and highly effective on many physiologic levels, particularly when given in therapeutic doses which can only be reached when being administered intravenously.

When your NAD+ levels are increased, your cells produce more energy in the form of ATP. (NOTE: One molecule of NAD+ yields THREE molecules of ATP—which is the body’s end goal of every cell). Your genetic expressions are then signaled which in turn begins to repair your DNA function, and many other functions are optimized.

Chronic Pain and Faster Muscle Recovery

Who hasn’t experienced some form of muscle cramping or joint pain? Skeletal muscles are constantly in a state of requiring energy. Fatty acids, which are ideally broken down from the foods that you eat, are then used to become metabolically active forms of energy (NAD+). Without adequate essential foods consumed on a daily basis, your body cannot keep up with the cells’ dependance on NAD+ to function properly, particularly the more we age.

Whether your aches and pains are from overexertion as an athlete or from inflammation, autoimmunity or simply unknown cause, all of your muscles require NAD+ for development, regeneration and immune function. This is why joint pain often presents as a primary symptom in autoimmune and inflammatory conditions. NAD+ is required for muscles to merely function at even the slightest level. If you’re an athlete or active individual experiencing muscle fatigue or pain, perhaps incorporate NAD+ into your health regiment.

Drug/Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms

NAD+ protocols are used specifically to replenish brain nutrients. After years of exposure to sleep aids, heavy narcotics, prescription pharmaceuticals or alcohol, brain chemistry and vitamin/mineral stores become imbalanced and depleted. NAD+ therapy helps to restore neurotransmitters and nutrient levels. This therapy facilitates gaining back mental clarity and stability. NAD+ therapy also works to support patients that are trying to come off of drugs, both prescription and recreational, as well as alcohol. This therapy helps to reduce a patient's overall withdrawal symptoms by restoring energy and function in the body while helping to mitigate negative side effects of withdrawal.

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Other Indications for NAD+ Intravenous Therapy include:

  • Anxiety & Depression

  • Insomnia & Sleep Disturbance

  • Athletic Training/Recovery

  • Hangover Symptoms

  • Autoimmune Disease

  • Neurodegenerative Diseases Including MS and Parkinson’s

  • Decreased Energy and Stamina

  • Cognitive Decline

  • Pain/Inflammation

Why aren’t more people using NAD+ therapy?

There are several reasons. Let’s start with awareness. Think about our current medical system. When you go to the doctor for back pain, upset stomach, sore throat, etc., what typically happens? You tell your symptoms, the doctor examines you to reproduce the pain, feels your lymph nodes, then writes you a prescription for some type of pharmaceutical. The majority of Western doctors are not trained in nutrient IV therapy, so adding an essential cofactor into your bloodstream isn’t a natural recommendation nor is it even being taught as a therapy in allopathic medical schools.

Another reason more people aren’t utilizing NAD+ therapy is because of access and availability. There are only a handful of compounding pharmacies in the United States manufacturing NAD+.

Why not Oral Supplementation Instead?

Oral supplements are absorbed by your digestive tract which is often compromised and impacts how much your body actually absorbs. These absorption rates vary drastically from person to person depending on numerous factors regarding your personal medical history.

The benefits of IV therapy far outweigh the option of taking oral tablets or medications, particularly NAD+ because of its effectiveness at such larger doses. IV treatments using NAD+ are used in high quantities due to the demand from every cell in the body requiring it for metabolic function. The research shows that NAD+ therapy is best used intravenously at doses that simply cannot be achieved by oral consumption.

IN CONCLUSION

IV NAD+ treatments are most effective when used regularly over time. Long-term maintenance and cellular support contribute to less overall damage to your mitochondria, a slower aging rate, and better cognitive health.

While oral NAD+ supplements may be convenient, they are not as effective as IV NAD+. IV delivery ensures 100% absorption for maximum effect and minimal waste. Further, we know that NAD+ therapy works best when administered by a trained doctor at optimal drip rates for best treatment effects.

Once you experience optimal health, you won’t want to go back! Your mindset will be reshaped when you wake up with more energy, less pain, clearer thinking, better sleep, and more overall stamina to live your best life. We believe you will truly enjoy putting money aside to invest in your health once you begin taking back your health.

There are hundreds of other indications and implications for using NAD+ therapy. Contact SFNM today to see how this therapy can help enhance your youthfulness and quality of life as well!

If you’re interested in reading or researching further about NAD+, follow the links below:
1. A need for NAD+ in muscle development, homeostasis, and aging
2. The Importance of NAD in Multiple Sclerosis
3. NAD+ biosynthesis, aging, and disease
4. Mechanistic Approaches to Predicting Oral Drug Absorption

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Dr. Jillian Shannon has a general naturopathic practice and specializes in regenerative medicine including BHRT, joint injections and IV therapies. She has been working closely with other practitioners specializing in functional endocrinology and anti-aging medicine with the use of stem cells, ozone, and PRP. She is available full time at SFNM and is accepting new patients.