What IS (NAD) IV Therapy?
Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) IV therapy is a type of intravenous treatment that can stimulate cell regeneration in your body. NAD is a coenzyme that binds with elements in your body, offering a host of benefits like reduced withdrawal symptoms during addiction recovery and enhanced cognitive processing.
NAD IV therapy might be something of a buzzword in today’s world, but it’s been used in medical treatments since the late 1960s. Learning about the scientific interaction between enzymes, coenzymes, and how they affect your body can be confusing, but Daniel J. Headrick, MD and our team at Headrick Medical Center are here to help.
Put simply, NAD stimulates healthy brain function and improved performance throughout numerous bodily systems. We’re proud to bring the latest in recovery and healing to our patients, and we offer NAD IV therapy as part of our addiction recovery programs. But the benefits of this revolutionary therapy go beyond recovering from addiction.
The science behind NAD IV therapy
Your body relies on vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients to function at its best. IV vitamin therapy is an efficient way to get the vitamins you need because the cocktail is delivered directly to your bloodstream, where it’s absorbed quickly.
NAD IV therapy uses the same approach. It delivers a dose of the NAD coenzyme to your blood, where your body can use it best. Without the NAD coenzyme, your body may not have the elements it needs for optimal cell function.
As you get your infusion, NAD molecules bind with proteins in your body to create active enzymes that your body uses to metabolize fuel and revitalize cells. The NAD coenzymes combine with other elements to become niacin vitamin B3, and it’s this vitamin that’s responsible for revitalizing cells from the inside out.
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When the body breaks down vitamin B, it produces NAD. NAD then influences a number of processes that impact you, including:
- Turning food into energy
- Protecting DNA and cells
- Regulating circadian rhythm (your body’s internal alarm clock)
NAD IV therapy can improve the look of your skin and make hair and nails feel thicker. Plus, NAD can help you look and feel younger by boosting your overall health. Considering the many benefits of vitamin B, you shouldn’t be surprised that NAD is so good for your general wellbeing.
NAD is active in the brain, where its main function is to protect cells from losing a substance called myelin. Myelin is vital for lightning-fast communication between brain cells.
Some evidence also suggests that NAD could function as a neurotransmitter in the brain. This means NAD may be more directly involved in brain cell-to-cell communication.
It’s no wonder, then, that NAD IV therapy is so effective at defeating brain fog. That’s right: NAD can help you think more clearly for better decision-making skills and faster mental reflexes.
Vascular aging is the process through which veins start to die off. This process restricts the amount of blood that can flow around the body.
What does this mean for you? Less blood flow confers a less youthful appearance to the skin, causing wrinkles and loss of that healthy glow.
Luckily, NAD IV therapy can prevent and even reverse these effects. What’s more, some studies suggest that NAD can help reduce your risk for certain diseases and disorders.
Another major downside to losing blood vessels as you age is the effect on your muscles. Even worse, NAD helps blood vessels and muscles communicate.
Think about it: your muscles get a double hit as you get older. First, by receiving less blood and, second, by receiving fewer signals from blood vessels as NAD levels decline.
There is good news, though: NAD therapy can replenish valuable levels of NAD. That way, remaining blood vessels and muscles can communicate more efficiently. That means better protection for your muscles from frailty as you age.
One of the most well-studied benefits of NAD is its influence over metabolism. Metabolism is the process of turning food into ATP, which your cells use as energy.
NAD assists with the production of ATP, meaning your body has more energy to use up. It also helps speed up reactions during metabolism. That way, you’re using food more efficiently.
What does this mean for weight loss, you may wonder?
You’ve probably heard that the higher your metabolism, the faster you burn the calories you eat. It’s true, and frequent NAD IV therapies can help keep metabolism running efficiently. The more efficient your metabolism is, the better your body will be at converting food into energy and not into fat.