NAD And Fat Loss – PLUS MANY Other Functions!
NAD for fat loss – well I kind of used this to get your attention – because the truth is most of us are always looking for more ways to become leaner. The truth is NAD is a precious natural resource in the body – that erodes with age.
Just how precious is NAD? A deficiency of NAD has been identified in a number of congenital malformations
Our body is a magical mystery maze of chemical reactions governed by edicts from our DNA (genetics) and yes – the daily choices we make (epigenetics).
We all understand our food choices and exercise impact our body fat levels (adiposity), but we also need to understand more about our inner chemistry, which can play a rather sinister role in our efforts! As we have all learned the hard way:
fat loss is NOT as simple as calories in minus calories out!
By supplying our DNA the ingredients to minimize damage and to repair- we can influence our chemistry to work with us, not against us.
We have all felt there are saboteurs lurking to spoil our best health efforts – it is true.
We often make decisions with good intentions to lead a healthier life – but when we understand the chemistry behind the scenes – maybe we are killing ourselves with best intentions?
So what is the link with NAD and fat loss?
Bottom line: NAD allows sugars, fats, and proteins to be converted into energy
Research on NAD and fat loss centers around the various building blocks of NAD, most importantly vitamin B3. Milk is a good source of B3. Don’t just go and pop B3 supplements – there are various forms of B3. B3 in larger doses can cause side effects, even though it is a water soluble vitamin, and too much of the wrong form of B3 can be counter productive in the efforts to boost NAD.
NAD ( = nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide) is in every cell of the body and an absolute necessity for mitochondrial function – those power houses, or energy producers in our cells. NAD is a Co-enzyme, which means it helps enzymes catalyze those chemical reactions vital to life. Don’t be fooled by the “co” prefix – NAD is quite the powerhouse of life.
NAD plays a significant role in mood, focus, metabolism, adiposity management, calcium balance, protects the brain from injury, reduces oxidative stress, slows aging, and is being used in addiction recovery
How do we lose NAD?
- Aging….a normal process of aging, is the dissipation of NAD – unless we step in a consciously set out to raise our NAD levels.
- Alcohol – also a major culprit in every aspect of aging ( no the resveratrol in red wine is minimal, and we cannot rationalize more wine to get more resveratrol)
- DNA alterations from lifestyle, medications……again unless we step in and consciously protect our DNA
- Lack of exercise – sedentary lifestyle – sitting is the new smoking
- Certain foods can decrease our levels over time – but certain foods can help increase our levels.
NAD decreases with age, but researchers agree NAD is #1 in the anti-aging process – as it dictates to turn off those genes that contribute to the aging process
Sirtuins (AKA longevity genes) are a group of 7 proteins that play a role in aging by regulating cellular health. Sirtuins must have a good supply of NAD. Sirtuins control DNA expression and aging, manage all things cellular …..alas…….if NAD levels are declining…….so is cellular efficiency & productivity.
Fasting – often used as an effective tool in fat loss – maybe this is one of the reasons why: Fasting has been shown to increase NAD – which activates Sirtuins.
There is great hope in sirtuins research with cancer, metabolic issues, glucose metabolism, HIV & neurodegenerative disorders.
Clinically healthy yet obese people have shown to have lower NAD/Sirtuin levels in studies. Calorie restriction has shown to increase these levels, and to decrease oxidative stress (look at my many article on OS).
The Sirtfood Diet
Yes – there is a Sirtfood diet. It is also affectionately referred to as “hacking the skinny gene diet”.
Sorry – I am not voting for it, as good as it sounds in theory.
The sirtfood diet combines calorie restriction and “Sirtfoods”. I have no problem with the SIrtfoods (except for the red wine) because they are great foods for us to eat for many reasons: walnuts, olive oil, blueberries, coffee, turmeric……
Why do I NOT put huge faith in the Sirtfood diet?
To eat enough of these foods to activate Sirtuin activity, well that would not at all be calorie restriction.
I am a big supporter of intermittent fasting for most people – and if their physician agrees the person is a candidate for intermittent fasting. However a few things to keep in mind about calorie restriction, which is NOT intermittent fasting.
- When your body is calorie restricted, it uses up its emergency energy stores, or glycogen, also burning fat and muscle….never good to sacrifice muscle – the definition of biting your nose to spite your face!
- Glycogen usage releases the water it used for storage. This is “water weight.”
- In the first week of extreme calorie restriction, only about one-third of the weight loss comes from fat, while the rest comes from water, muscle and glycogen,
- As soon as your calorie intake increases, your body replenishes its glycogen stores, and the weight comes right back. How miserable and de-motivating.
- body will often lower it’s metabolic rate, which nobody wants- making it easier to gain weight in the future.
Yes. – we need to support our NAD production. NAD is a necessity for life. IV NAD infusions have been successfully used for a number of years now by athletes to increase performance & recovery naturally, people for anti aging, opioid & alcohol addictions, depression & anxiety, energy, PTSD, chronic fatigue, DNA repair and neurodegenerative disorders.
NAD infusions are not quite accessible and affordable to most of us. But we have alternatives. NAD deficiency is at the center of aging, and we must have NAD to live. NAD therapies are being used for Alzheimer’s patients, and to repair DNA damage. Why not take activators that actually trigger your own body to produce more NAD?
Don’t supplement ……. Activate!
The supplement like a flu shot against oxidative stress…..Activating your own chemistry is far better than supplementation….
Why are we not controlling chronic illness? We must control the wildfire of inflammation and lower oxidative stress. We know oxidative stress is at the root of chronic illness such as cancer, heart disease, depression, arthritis, stroke, diabetes. Inflammation ages us and leaves us susceptible to disease….We take a flu shot to prevent the flu – one simple activator to lower your oxidative stress by as much as 40%. 7 patents, 24 peer reviewed studies on pubmed, accolades from American Heart Association, Mayo Clinic, National Institute on Aging….Washington State: “may well become the most extraordinary therapeutic and most extraordinary preventative breakthrough in the history of medicine.”
Shira Litwack: Corporate Wellness Specialist, Chronic Care prevention & management program design, health technologies, population health management on 3 continents.
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