Early on in Lin Manuel-Miranda’s “Hamilton,” the title character announces to the world he won’t throw away his shot – he’ll play his role in the struggle for American independence and see his full potential … or die trying.
While the stakes around vitamin injections aren’t quite that high, it’s a mistake to dismiss them out of hand. If you’re feeling tired, unable to concentrate, or if you just think you’re not looking your best, it might be worth looking into a shot of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, better known as NAD+.
Vital to everyday life, NAD plays multiple important roles throughout the body.
How NAD+ Plays A Critical Role In Our Body’s Functioning
You’ve already got NAD+ in your body – all living things contain this valuable and natural coenzyme. A coenzyme is an organic molecule that helps enzymes regulate chemical changes in the body. NAD+ is a coenzyme of niacin (vitamin B3), which helps the body metabolize amino acids, carbs, and fats. It’s also a powerful antioxidant.
Finally, NAD+ has a special role with a class of proteins in the body called sirtuins. Sirtuins are responsible for keeping our cells in balance, helping our bodies react to change. This family of proteins also repairs damage to our DNA from oxidative stress and telomere shortening, two causes of biological aging.
The thing is though, sirtuins need NAD+ to work properly – it’s their fuel.
As we age, our bodies make less and less NAD+. In turn, our sirtuins can’t operate as efficiently as they used to. This results in some of the features of aging such as lower energy levels and not being as quick on our feet mentally as we used to be.
Fortunately, there are ways to boost NAD+ production. Exercise, limiting one’s exposure to the sun, dieting, and exposure to heat (like in an infrared sauna, for instance) all help increase the amount of NAD+ in the body.
However, it’s also possible to supplement NAD+. Injections send NAD+ directly into the bloodstream, bypassing the digestive system entirely. This allows for greater and more rapid absorption of this critical coenzyme into our systems.
7 Big Benefits of NAD+ Shots
Multiple studies have shown a range of benefits from NAD injections. From increased mental clarity to fighting the effects of aging, NAD is a genuine multitasker in our systems.
Here are seven ways NAD+ injections can be a game-changer:
Give Yourself A Needed Boost: One of the main sources of energy for our cells is adenosine triphosphate (ATP), an organic compound. Like NAD+, our bodies make less ATP as we age. A shot of NAD+ kicks the body’s production of ATP into high gear, which is why NAD+ is sometimes used to treat chronic fatigue syndrome. There’s also a big bonus for world travelers, too – NAD+ is great for treating the effects of jet lag.
Hack Your Brain’s Potential: Remember sirtuins? These hardworking proteins need NAD+ to function, especially when it comes to the brain. Studies show sirtuins can slow down cognitive decline and increase cells’ ability to tolerate stress. NAD+ can increase our concentration, help us think, boost memory and mood, help the brain heal, and may even help manage mood disorders such as depression.
Hack Your Workout, Too: Studies have shown cardiac and skeletal muscles come with a high energy cost. Movement, especially during workouts, requires a lot of NAD+ to be effective. NAD+ helps out in two ways: first, NAD+ helps muscles fix themselves after workouts – which is critical in building muscles. Secondly, NAD+ plays a big role in helping the body convert food into energy.
Defend Yourself Against Aging: Our DNA chromosomes are protected by structures called telomeres. They stop the DNA strands from sticking to each other or fraying; if you’ve ever seen the plastic tip on the end of a shoelace, that’s similar to how telomeres act.
When cells divide, chromosomes divide with them – and each time chromosomes divide, their telomeres get shorter. A lot of scientists associate telomere length with aging — the shorter a cell’s telomeres are, the older the cell is.
Again, sirtuins play a role, here too – sirtuins help determine how long telomeres are. NAD+ injections help sirtuins do their job efficiently, helping telomeres stay nice and long – and you stay looking younger.
Keep Weight Off: NAD+, combined with exercise and a good diet, helps you stay at your ideal weight due to the boosting effect it has on the metabolism. Interestingly, a study seemed to show NAD+ supplements helped reduce weight gain, even in people who ate high-fat diets.
Manage Your Pain: NAD+ injections seem to have a positive influence on inflammation and neuropathic pain – a 2014 study on mice found NAD+ injections helped lower pain levels up to two days after the last shot.
Help Treat Diseases: Low levels of NAD have been suggested as a factor in cancer, diabetes, obesity, and neurodegeneration. Meanwhile, studies seem to show NAD+ might be able to help and prevent cardiovascular and other diseases.
Feeling Tired Or Just Not Your Best Self? NAD+ Injections Might Be Your Best Shot
Sculpt Spa is Las Vegas’ leading provider of NAD+ injections. Offered in a relaxing, spa-like environment, our facility is the ideal place to engage in self-improvement as you watch your favorite streams, catch up on reading (or emails), or just chill as you receive an NAD+ injection.
Want to learn more? Contact a Sculpt Spa representative today!