Ageing is associated with a decline in NAD+, a critical coenzyme that is present in every living cell. It is needed for energy production, correction of defects in DNA, for the stability of chromosomes, for the regulation of immune and inflammatory processes. It also plays an important role as a neurotransmitter. Unfortunately, as our bodies age, they produce less and less NAD+.
We start talking about a concrete decline after the age of 40. At age of 50, we have 40% less NAD + than at age of 20. By the age of 80, NAD + levels drop by 98%, leading to cell damage and dysfunction.
As NAD+ levels in cells decline, ageing becomes more apparent and manifests itself as:
Decreased brain function.
Inflammation in the blood vessels, which contributes to atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease.
Increased fat storage leading to overweight and obesity. When fat is stored around the liver and other organs, it increases systemic inflammation and contributes to metabolic and cardiovascular diseases.
Muscle changes, including loss of muscle strength, muscle fat deposition, and fatigue.
Recovery of NAD+ can therefore slow down or stop certain ageing processes and reduce the risk of age-related diseases.
And how to maintain or increase the level of NAD+? Some ways are more efficient than others, some provide more NAD+, some less. The decision is as always, yours. However, you can:
Live as a healthy lifestyle as possible.
Choose proper healthy food instead of fast food.
Get enough sleep.
Take dietary supplements such as antioxidants, resveratrol, and NMN. But take care, where they come form!