Aging. We all fear it, but we will all experience it.
We’re constantly told that there are things that we can do to slow down the aging process but with so many “anti-aging” solutions on the market, how do you know what actually works?
Perhaps the smartest thing to do would be to keep pace with those scientists who are constantly on the cusp of anti-aging discoveries.
Take for example the recent breakthrough of Niagen, a.k.a nicotinamide riboside.
An amazing revelation
Only a few years ago, biologists discovered a secret that turned everything they thought they knew about aging on it’s head. They observed that our cells age because of the breakdown in communication between the nucleus and the mitochondria.
Let’s take a look at those a little closer:
- A nucleus is the part of the cell that contains the genetic material or ”instructions” for the cell
- The mitochondria is where energy is created. Mitochondria are the ‘electric generators’ of cells, taking in oxygen and pumping out carbon dioxide, as well as fueling cell activities. Mitochondria also decide on the survival or demise of cells.
The interaction between the two is essential for normal cellular function. In fact, “quality control” is maintained by communication between the mitochondria and the nucleus. But as we age, the communication between these two cell components becomes less effective and as a result, there is an acceleration in the aging process.
How do you get the cellular family to start talking again?
During their experiments, biologists determined that premature aging might be reversible if levels of something called NAD+ could be restored. NAD+ is a cell “metabolite” – think of metabolites as little minions that run around getting things done within our cells.
NAD+ is critical for cellular energy and for protection against stress and DNA damage. But during their studies, scientists also discovered that boosted NAD+ levels appeared to bring back good communication between the nucleus and mitochondria.
So, how does one restore their NAD+ levels?
It turns out that Vitamin B3 has been hiding a family member called nicotinamide riboside (NR) and it could get the job done. Niagen is the first product ever developed to contain pure nicotinamide riboside, and is the only commercially available form.
How does Niagen work?
Niagen is a huge breakthrough in the field of anti-aging. In the first human clinical trials of nicotinamide riboside, researchers found that it was able to increase levels of NAD+ and thus improve, or even reverse, the causes of cellular aging.
The study followed six men and six women with each participant receiving a single oral dose of nicotinamide riboside in a different sequence with a seven-day gap between doses.
Measurements taken showed that the nicotinamide riboside vitamin increased NAD+ metabolism by amounts directly related to the dose.
How do I use Niagen?
The beauty of this supplement is that it can work for anyone. Nicotinamide riboside is a naturally occurring vitamin found in milk and beer so it’s something that your body already consumes on a potentially regular basis.
Nicotinamide riboside has been shown to induce cells to behave as if they were younger, in turn improving energy, increasing muscle strength, boosting the immune system and enabling clearer thinking and better memory recall.
Several companies have formed their own versions of Niagen but only some leave the formula completely untouched. Live Cell Research tends to offer the most popular version at present, with supplements containing 250mg of 100% pure nicotinamide riboside.
You should take one Live Cell Research Niagen capsule per day, first thing in the morning on an empty stomach and with a full glass of water.
Is Niagen Safe?
The power of Niagen was identified through the research of Dr. David Sinclair, a professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Sinclair was named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2014 for his research and has naturally created quite a stir in the science and medical communities with this groundbreaking discovery.
Live Cell Research tests its product with an independent laboratory for safety and potency and contains no synthetic additives, magnesium stearate, dairy, caffeine and comes in fully vegetarian capsules. A study published in Trends In Biochemical Sciences determined that nicotinamide riboside may safely increase NAD+ levels without causing any unpleasant side-effects.
Niagen is also safe to use alongside other nutritional supplements as it’s the only one to work at the cellular level.