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NAD (Vitamin B3): Benefits and Means of Boosting Levels in the Body

First off what is NAD and why all the rage in the anti-aging supplement arena?

NAD stands for nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide and this molecule (along with its' phosphorylated cousin NADP) is the active form of vitamin B3 (niacin/nicotinic acid and nicotinamide) that is utilized in well over 500 different biochemical processes in the human body. Niacin and nicotinic acid represent two different terms for the same chemical form of vitamin B3, whereas nicotinamide represents the modified form containing and NH2 group. The designation NAD+ refers to one of the two oxidation states of the vitamin-derived cofactor, the other being NADH.

For the details on vitamin B3 uptake from the diet and utilization in the body go to the Vitamins page of my website:

As for the anti-aging arena, there is clear evidence that systemic levels of NAD decline with age and this decline is contributory to many age-associated pathophysiologies. As a result of…

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