NADH-nicotinamide adeneine dinucleotide is the biologically active form of niacin (B3). It acts as a biological spark, igniting cellular energy. Therefore, a persons NADH level is vital to good health.
The “H” in NADH stands for high-energy hydrogen and indicates that this substance is in the most biologically active form.
NADH supports the recycling of glutathione, a powerful antioxidant and vital for detoxification. After glutathione neutralizes a free radical, it needs to be recharged/recycled. NADH plays a important role in this process and explains why NADH is such a vital nutrient.
If glutathione levels are low due to variants in your DNA (SNPS) and/or your body produces excess peroxynitrite (which needs glutathione to neutralize it), NADH may be very helpful.
NADH is called Co-enzyme 1
A co-enzyme is a substance that enhances or is necessary for the action of all enzymes in the body. NADH is often referred to as Co-enzyme 1. It is the body’s top-ranked co enzyme, a facilitator of many biological reactions. NADH is necessary for cellular development and energy production. It is essential to producing energy from food and is the principal carrier of electrons in the energy producing process in the cells.
NADH, BH4 and neurotransmitters
When we look a bit deeper into our metabolic pathways and how our genetics may affect these pathways, we see the NADH is important to the conversion of BH2 to BH4. BH4 is needed for the production of neurotransmitters and to support the conversion of arginine into nitric oxide.
Low BH4 will cause more peroxynitrite to be produced while less serotonin and dopamine will be produced making BH4 critical for well being.
NADH-an important antioxidant
NADH is also an important antioxidant; in fact, scientists acknowledge that NADH is the most powerful antioxidant to protect cells from damage by harmful substances.
This supplement may help reduce fatigue by increasing the amount of energy available in the body due to it’s action as a co-factor, assisting many metabolic processes work more efficiently.
NADH deficiencies can result in an energy deficit at the cellular level, which causes symptoms of fatigue. When the body is deficient in NADH, it is like a car that has run out of gasoline.
Unfortunately, the production and recycling of NADH in our bodies declines as we age. The production of NADH-dependent enzymes, particularly those enzymes involved in energy production also decreases with age.
Please feel free to contact us for more information about how NADH may be helpful for you.