The molecule is found in every cell in the body and is essential to life. NAD+ is the term used in the scientific literature to describe a cellular compound called nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide. Besides being critical for cell energy production, hundreds of different proteins in each cell require NAD+ to work properly. But NAD+ levels drop with age.
As we get older, our body takes more time to recover and more time to react to new changes. We encounter fatigue, loss of motivation and our eyesight tends to lose clarity.
So what happens when the NAD+ level decreases with age?
Lower NAD+ levels contribute to many aspects of older age, including sleep disturbances, metabolic and cardiovascular problems, and cognitive decline.
Studies have shown that higher levels of NAD+ correlate with improved health. Replenishing NAD+ levels can enhance the function of mitochondria, our cellular energy factories and might slow down the process of aging. Recent research has shown that certain compounds such as nicotinamide riboside are capable of boosting NAD+ levels in the body.