The question we often get asked is, how can NAD supplements help me with weight loss? Are these weight loss benefits real or a myth? What are the other benefits of NAD? And of course, what are the side effects that come with taking NAD supplements for weight loss? If you’ve ever wondered about any of these questions, then you’re in the right place. To start, it helps to really understand NAD’s role in the body.
What is NAD?
NAD is a coenzyme that is in every living cell in the body. It’s used in our cell’s mitochondria to help produce energy, and there’s no wonder why this particular nutrient is still holding attention in the anti-aging community. NAD, or nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, is a molecule that supports our bodies’ metabolism rates, energy production, and cellular repair. It’s absolutely necessary to keep the cell alive.
Studies show that NAD levels are heavily influenced by lifestyle. In particular, they are influenced by things that cause energy stress. Many people struggle with the pace of daily life, and this causes a lot of stress. In addition to that, as we age, our NAD levels slowly decline which may contribute to chronic diseases or other conditions associated with the aging process.
Think of NAD as a type of nutrient your body needs to send signals. If you had a plant you wanted to grow, you would make sure it had nutrient-rich soil. The same goes for our own growth as well. Maintaining higher levels of NAD could help metabolic functions and issues directly related to weight loss and weight gain.
How do people use NAD supplements for weight loss?
While NAD is no new discovery (we receive it through niacin and through the foods we eat), the use of NAD/NAD+ IV injections has rapidly increased in the past few years in helping with weight loss.
It’s important to remember that fat loss is not as simple as your caloric input and output. If we can supply our cells and DNA with the right nutrients to repair itself and impact our body’s chemistry to work along with us, we can experience all the benefits of NAD infusions.
Research has shown that NAD creation and consumption in cells are linked to glucose metabolism and their conversion into fat cells. What this means is that, through studies, lower levels of NAD in the body are associated with increased amounts of fat cells and weight gain.
The simple way to say it is that NAD allows sugars, fats, and proteins to be converted into energy. If we have lower NAD levels, through lifestyle or age, then we will have large stores of fat cells.
One of the greatest benefits of receiving NAD through injections is that it completely bypasses the gut and goes right into your bloodstream. The eating process itself breaks down foods or oral treatments of NAD too quickly, reducing the number of nutrients your body receives.
NAD supplements also improve metabolic functions
So, people are boosting their systems with NAD injections. Along with weight loss, studies have shown NAD to support many other metabolic functions such as:
- Cardiac issues
- Insulin resistance
- Improved athletic ability
- Lean muscle mass
NAD injections help to maintain healthy metabolic rates because they assist in the mitochondria’s conversion of carbohydrates and fats from foods into energy-rich ATP molecules for your cells to use. Essentially, NAD is enhancing cellular energy. It is helping your cells make energy better and more efficiently.
You are using NAD for every single process throughout your day. Whether this is to keep your energy up, give you good sleep, help your body absorb vitamins, or even to be able to recover more easily from exercising, NAD is the fundamental molecule in all of it.
The thing is that our bodies cannot create NAD faster than we are consuming it. When we are younger, our bodies have greater ability to ramp up production, but as we get older (50 or 60), we are actually at about 50% of our total reserves of NAD.
This is most of the reason why there is such a profound effect from receiving NAD infusions. In most cases, we are just deficient without even knowing it simply because of the aging process.
When you give your body a cofactor of this much power, you are going to have many effects and benefits because it isn’t just one area of your body that you are helping. You are supporting all of the cells in your body.
Not only will you have the benefits of energy and weight loss, but your cells will be working better, no matter what they may do (brain cells, nerve cells, digestive tract cells).
Are there any side effects of NAD?
NAD is typically administered through an IV and it does tend to be a longer infusion. If you decide that NAD therapy might be something that you want to explore, the process would be to schedule a consultation and come in to talk with your doctor so that they can learn more about your individual goals with NAD therapy.
You would then be connected to an IV line and the NAD would be administered through this IV. Since it is a longer infusion, your nurse or doctor can control the IV to be as fast or slow as your body will accept it.
The only side effects that are associated with the infusion come from the infusion going too quickly. In those situations, some patients will report having a slightly elevated heart rate, some tightness in their chest, shortness of breath, or nausea. With that being said, all of these effects can be controlled by simply turning down the rate at which the NAD enters your body.
Most people report positive effects with NAD IV treatments, almost immediately or the day of receiving their infusion. If you do receive NAD infusions, you can expect to feel the benefits within the frame of that next day or next few days of receiving treatment.
Are there other benefits of NAD supplements?
Besides helping with weight loss, NAD supplements have several other noteworthy benefits. NAD can boost our immune system and reduce the effect of aging. It increases our brain functioning and reduces fatigue in addition to helping fight illnesses more effectively.
Research on NAD has shown that it can help with general health and wellness, and more specifically with the following symptoms:
- Withdrawal symptoms
- Heart issues
- Mood disorders
- Sleep issues
- Mental clarity
- Focus and attention span
Not only has NAD been shown to help with these symptoms, but it has also been seen to curb pain and improve energy for people suffering from:
- Muscle recovery and pain
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Viral issues
- Epstein-Barr Virus
- Lyme Disease
Clearly, NAD has become the ‘miracle molecule’ for a good reason. If you’re interested in increasing your NAD levels, you may want to consider a couple of methods:
(1) the most efficient way is through an infusion where the NAD goes directly into your bloodstream and into your cells, or
(2) through other supplements that may not be as efficient, like orally or with a patch.
IVMeNow offers mobile hydration therapy, so you will gain access to our mobile hydration therapy service where you can select your infusion at any place and any time and a specialist nurse will come to you.