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Many people lack energy. They are constantly tired and without strength. In these cases, the adenine coenzyme (NADH) is the element that gives them strength.

Nutritionists recommend NADH to get more energy and increase vitality naturally. In addition, NADH also improves concentration, lifts mood and helps to overcome jet lag.

NADH is a chemical compound of coenzyme nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide and hydrogen (H).

Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide is present in all living cells and is very important in all processes that provide energy to the body.

Niacin is a vitamin that is part of the group B complex and is one of the essential nutrients of all living beings. The body uses niacin to convert it into nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide and generate energy.

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What is NADH?

NADH is a chemical compound found in the cells of the muscle tissue of living beings and is of crucial importance in the processing of fatty alcohols, carbohydrates and proteins.

It was discovered in 1906 by two British biochemists. During the last decade, it has been investigated in more depth and has been found to be related to sirtuins, which are involved in ageing and cell death. Sirtuins also have effects on metabolism, help reduce inflammation and increase resistance to stress.

NADH: Health benefits

Among the most important properties, we can highlight:

  • Increases energy
  • Improves brain and mental functions
  • Helps reduce high blood pressure
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Reduces the signs of ageing
  • Increases the immune system functions
  • Stimulates the metabolism
  • Reduces chronic fatigue symptoms
  • Reduces depression symptoms
  • Reduces jet lag symptoms

Increases the body´s energy

NADH is crucial for the production of ATP, which is what generates cellular energy. For this reason, dietary supplements of this compound are very effective when treating chronic fatigue syndrome.

In a recent double-blind study with patients with chronic fatigue syndrome, 10 mg of NADH was administered once a day for four weeks in a group and a placebo in the other group. The result was that patients who took NADH experienced, compared to those who took a placebo, a 31% increase in energy, improving the quality of life in general and reducing the symptoms of fatigue.

Strengthens the immune system

Many people take niacin to strengthen the immune system, a quality that is generally unknown.

Benefits of NADH

Despite this lack of knowledge, it has been shown that NADH is vital for the defence of cells against all types of attacks. In particular, this chemical compound is used by white blood cells, more specifically by so-called macrophages to defend against foreign bodies, such as bacteria, mould spores and viruses.

After the attack of foreign bodies, macrophages generate a large amount of superoxide and hydrogen peroxide in a process known as "metabolic outbreak".

During this process is when the NADH intervenes destroying the foreign bodies that attack the organism. Hence the importance that the body has sufficient reserves of this compound so that, in this way, the white blood cells can perform their function.

Stimulates brain function and memory

NADH offers many more benefits to brain function. In a clinical study conducted, it has been proven that daily intake increases the brain function of people suffering from Alzheimer's disease. Although the study is not conclusive, it has revealed its enormous potential to treat mental deterioration and improve the functioning of memory.

In another clinical study, NADH was used as a treatment for Parkinson's disease.

In this disease, the benefits of niacin are demonstrated more clearly, since it has been proven that supplements of NADH naturally increase the levels of dopamine in the brain and reduce the symptoms of the disease.

One of the researchers of this team has begun to recommend NADH treatment to patients with degenerative diseases

NADH supplements can be used by healthy people to help increase levels of niacin in the body, improving memory and brain function.

Regulates cholesterol levels and blood pressure

In a recent study on hypertensive rats, it was found that by giving them a small daily dose of NADH they lowered their cholesterol levels and reduced blood pressure. Although this study is not conclusive, more studies are already being planned on the subject, in humans, to check its benefits on cholesterol and blood pressure.

Who benefits from NADH dietary supplements?

The NADH is generally recommended for the following groups:

  • People suffering from Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease
  • People suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome
  • People who suffer depression
  • For those who suffer high blood pressure
  • For those with high cholesterol
  • For athletes who want to improve their sports performance
  • For people who want to gain strength and vigor
  • For those who wish to improve their memory or brain function
  • For those who want to reduce the signs of ageing

Does NADH have any side effects?

No type of side effects of NADH are known, as long as it is taken in the recommended doses. However, each body has a different chemical composition and its effects may be different in each organism.

NADH Interactions

Although no type of interaction of NADH is known, if you are taking any type of medication you should always consult with the doctor before ingesting them. In addition, the more medications you take, the greater the potential risk that they will produce interactions.

Some people may feel unsettled after taking a very high dose of NADH, but these symptoms disappear when the dose is reduced.

Recommended Dose

The recommended dose is between 5 and 10mg per day, and the capsules that are commercialized in the market usually contain this dose.

Although there are also some brands with a dosage of 2.5mg or 20mg.

NADH is available in the market normally in the form of capsules. It does not need to be taken every day. Ingestion is recommended on an empty stomach and with a glass of water to stimulate the metabolism even more.

Why is it good to take NADH supplements?

NADH supplements have many health benefits, among them:

  • Strengthen the immune system
  • Improve brain function
  • Increase memory
  • Reduce the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Increase the vigor in the organism
  • Reduce blood pressure
  • Reduce cholesterol
  • Delay the ageing of cells
  • They stimulate the metabolism
  • Increase energy
  • They reduce depression
  • Improve general health
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