NAD+ & Mental Clarity
Updated: Dec 14, 2021
A quick overview of what we’ll cover in this blog post:
What NAD+ is and it’s benefits as a supplement
How NAD+ supports overall brain health
We’ve all experienced that afternoon lag. It’s three in the afternoon, and we’ve got that fogginess that no amount of caffeine can cut through. We’re not as sharp, focused, or alert as we may have been earlier in the day.
But when it comes to mental clarity and, actually, overall brain health, NAD+ supplementation may offer both short-term reprieve and long-term benefits. So whether you’re new to NAD+ or an NAD+ pro, we’ll break down what NAD+ is and how it can support brain health.
What is NAD+?
NAD+ is an enzyme that essentially helps cells create the energy they need to carry out a range of different functions, making it a vital component of our body’s normal functioning. It’s also something that we have less of as we age, which research indicates could be a cause of many age-related illnesses.
How Does NAD+ Boost Mental Clarity?
In addition to many other health benefits (such as reducing inflammation and supporting muscle health), NAD+ has also been shown to help combat “brain fog.”
But what is “brain fog?”
It doesn’t sound like the most technical term, but brain fog simply refers to a feeling of “haziness” that affects our mental clarity and ability to focus. Brain fog can be caused by a number of things, including stress, lack of sleep, or vitamin deficiency. Think about those afternoon slumps and how difficult it can be to get things done!
NAD+ works by giving cells a boost, improving the function of neurotransmitters that help facilitate communication between cells, helping you break through that mid-day slump.
How Does NAD+ Support Overall Brain Health?
In addition to treating short-term issues with focus and mental clarity, NAD+’s ability to help revitalize many neurological processes in the brain also helps support overall, long-term brain health. For example, NAD+ plays a role in maintaining healthy synapses, which help cells communicate with one another in the brain.
Research has also shown that NAD+ supplementation could also be beneficial for counteracting some neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s disease, by helping manage neuroinflammation (basically, inflammation in the brain). While inflammation is a vital biological function, too much can also be damaging; NAD+ has proved helpful in managing too much inflammation.
What Options Exist for NAD+ Supplementation?
While it’s clear that NAD+ can be incredibly beneficial for brain health, how to supplement NAD+ may not be as clear. That’s because there are a ton of different options available, such as precursors (pills), IVs, patches, nasal sprays and injections. While all of these are helpful, more direct supplementation methods, such as nasal spray, patches, or injections, work quicker and provide a more “direct” form of NAD+ than options like precursors.
However, it’s important to learn about available options so you can make a choice that’s right for you.
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