NAD+ IV THERAPY (Brain Boosting) claims to increase energy, focus, metabolism, mind clarity and overcome addiction without withdrawal - we checked out the science.
NAD+ (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide) is a coenzyme which scientists claim can increase energy, lift mood, improve cognitive function, up your metabolism and mental clarity, as well as help overcome addiction without enduring withdrawal symptoms whilst removing cravings.
The good news: NAD+ is already produced by our cells as it assists in the regulation of our metabolism.
The NOT so good news is NAD+ levels decline as we age by the time we reach 50 levels are said to have declined by as much as 50% approx 1/2 of the NAD+ levels we had at birth 100%
NAD+ LEVELS CAN BE INCREASED BY SUPPLEMENTING WITH VITAMIN B3 (niacin, niacinamide, nicotinamide riboside, NAD+ infusion therapy.)
Enter: NAD+ IV THERAPY which is administered intravenously as a 6-10 day process via a slow drip formula , and is being acknowledged and recognised as the secret to boundless energy, ageing gracefully, alzheimer's, parkinson's, diabetes, mental illness, clarity and focus of the mind. Also used to overcoming addictions without the experience of withdrawal and removing cravings. Gaining popularity across the US and Europe, it's being used by professionals looking for a mental edge over the competition at work (anecdotally it has been shown to improve efficiency and eliminate procrastination and time wasting behaviour.) It's also popular among those looking to tackle anti-ageing, thanks to a Harvard Medical School study that found it rewound "aspects of age-related demise in mice."
And now becoming available in here in Australia. At $1452 for a 10 day course of 6 vials consisting of 200mg/ml x 5ml Injection, it becomes cost effective at less than $150 per day. NAD+, The first clinic in Australia to offer the treatment, has been working with patients suffering from anxiety, depression and addictive issues for the last 12 months. The Medical Director, reports an overall 70-80% success rate on the sample of patients they have thus far treated (where success is significant reduction in adverse symptoms or cessation of addictive behaviour.)
"For those struggling with addiction, the use of intravenous NAD+ and supplements has been nothing short of ground-breaking when treating addictive behaviour (including that of alcohol, codeine, opiates, amphetamine, sex and gambling) as it not only detoxes, but also helps to reduce cravings and anxiety levels. It has also been helpful for those struggling with anxiety, depression and PTSD," he explains.
So, how exactly does it work?
When a person experiences addiction a chemical imbalance occurs in the brain. That individual then develops cravings because the brain drops off in dopamine and therefore needs another ‘hit’ to balance that level out again just so they can function.
The treatment is said to balance neurotransmitter levels in the brain and promote signalling between neurons, removing the physical 'need' for a drug. This allows the individual to start working on the psychological/behavioural root causes of the addiction and can potentially prevent relapse.
While more research, and in particular longer-term outcome studies, needs to be done, it is well worth discussing NAD+ IV Terapy with your GP as a treatment option.