NAD regenerative therapy, or NAD IV therapy, boasts a wide range of benefits, one of which is the simplicity and convenience of the treatment process. Patients are able to sit comfortably in a chair and read, watch a TV show, or work on their laptop while the IV drip is administered through a small needle placed in the arm or hand. NAD IV therapy sessions last about 90 minutes and patients are able to return to their normal activities immediately afterward, so therapy can be conducted after work or even over a long lunch break.
This innovative therapy may be simple in its administration, but on a cellular level, it provides numerous complex benefits. NAD IV therapy works by delivering the oxidized form of a coenzyme called nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+) directly into the bloodstream. As you will learn in this article, NAD+ is used by the body to carry out a wide range of functions, and delivering it through an IV allows more of the coenzyme to be absorbed by the body. NAD IV therapy circumvents the digestive system ensuring the NAD+ coenzyme doesn’t get broken down before it reaches the cells that need it most.
Benefits of NAD IV Therapy
Because the NAD+ coenzyme is utilized in a myriad of processes within the body, there are many benefits associated with NAD IV therapy. The following is a list of 8 major benefits of NAD IV therapy and how this treatment is helping a diverse group of patients achieve their health and wellness goals.
NAD IV therapy has been found to:
1. Aid in Addiction Recovery
Addiction is a complex psychological disorder that affects the way messages are conveyed to and from the brain. The recovery or cessation process can be a difficult one. In fact, 40 to 60% of people struggling with addiction relapse, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
NAD IV therapy is not a cure for addiction. However, it is a powerful tool that can aid in the recovery process by reducing withdrawal symptoms. By making the withdrawal period more tolerable, this therapy helps patients transition into sobriety. NAD IV therapy is a natural alternative to medications that often pose a greater risk of side effects, and it works well in conjunction with counseling or psychotherapy. NAD IV therapy has been used to help patients detoxify from alcohol, opioid, chemical, and prescription drug dependencies.
2. Reduce Pain
Sirtuins are a family of protein molecules that have been found to play a crucial role in the body’s inflammatory response and antioxidant expression. Basically, certain sirtuins can reduce inflammation, which in turn, alleviates pain. Sirtuins require the NAD+ coenzyme in order to function properly, so NAD IV therapy fuels this process of pain reduction.
3. Improve Cognitive Function
In addition to their impact on inflammation and pain, sirtuins have the ability to improve cells’ resistance to stress and can slow the process of cognitive decline. NAD IV therapy provides sirtuins with the NAD+ coenzyme they require in order to:
- Improve mental clarity
- Boost memory
- Improve mood
- Facilitate brain regeneration
- Improve concentration
- Increase one’s ability to focus
- Boost neurological function
- Reduce symptoms of depression
4. Boost Energy
Adenosine triphosphate, or ATP, is commonly referred to as “molecular currency” because it is essentially the source of energy for our cells. ATP is the fuel that supports many processes within the body, including cellular respiration, replication of DNA, and muscle contractions. NAD IV therapy aids the production of ATP within the body, which in turn boosts energy levels and reduces feelings of tiredness or exhaustion. NAD IV therapy is often prescribed to treat Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or CFS. It can also help people recovering from jetlag.
5. Improve Athletic Performance
Athletes and anyone looking to improve their physical performance will benefit from NAD IV therapy’s ability to boost energy and cognitive function, as mentioned above. After all, having more energy and being able to think clearly is sure to improve reaction times and overall performance during training and competitions. In addition, the NAD+ coenzyme plays a vital role in muscle development. NAD IV therapy helps maintain muscle health by supplying your body with ample fuel to not only fire muscles during a workout but repair them afterward, so you can build stronger muscles and increase muscle mass.
6. Chronic Fatigue
IV NAD+ therapy has been used in the management of individuals with chronic fatigue and low energy levels. NAD+ is an essential cofactor in the glycolytic pathway and tricarboxylic acid pathways; these pathways result in Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) production, which is the energy source of the human body. Through exogenous NAD+ supplementation, ATP levels in the body are increased which may have a resulting effect in boosting energy levels and reducing feelings of fatigue.
7. Athletic Performance
Due to its role in ATP production, some athletes have used IV NAD+ therapy to enhance their athletic capabilities and performance. IV NAD+ supplements may boost energy levels, improve cognition, and increase reaction times in athletes during competitions or other athletic events. In addition, studies have shown that NAD+ supplementation may assist in muscle development as well as muscle repair, leading to muscle hypertrophy and muscle hyperplasia.
8. Help with Weight Management
The NAD+ coenzyme plays an important role in the human body’s metabolic process. When NAD IV therapy is used in conjunction with a proper diet and regular exercise, it can help patients maintain a healthy weight. This can be particularly useful as patients age and metabolism naturally begins to slow down.
9. Reverse Signs of Aging
We discussed how sirtuins can affect cognitive function, inflammation, and pain management, as well as how these deacetylases are dependent upon NAD+. One sirtuin, in particular, known as Sir2p, also plays a role in the aging process and the overall healthspan of the body. NAD IV therapy impacts the effectiveness of Sir2p, which can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and reverse certain symptoms of aging.
10. Delay or Prevent the Onset of Certain Diseases
While research is still ongoing and more studies are needed to fully understand the impact of the NAD+ coenzyme on various conditions, scientists have found a connection between this vital enzyme and several cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. Lowered levels of NAD+ have been linked to diabetes and fatty liver disease, among other conditions.
Interested in learning more about the benefits of NAD IV therapy? Book a consultation at DripDok! Our clinicians can answer questions about this innovative therapy and help determine if this treatment could be right for you.