As most of you know, I am very skeptical and hesitant when it comes to recommending supplements without proven efficacy or sound clinical need. However, I stumbled upon a few research articles surrounding a form of vitamin B3 called nicotinamide riboside (NR) that intrigued me to a point where I have added it to my “supplements you should take” list. The implications of this research show that scientists are getting closer to unlocking the secrets of anti-aging technology.
Several studies have shown that Nicotinamide riboside (NR) can boost the metabolism by increasing the NAD+ (energy molecules) in mitochondria (cells that produce energy). NR has also been shown to regenerate dying muscle tissue and lengthen the life of older lab mice1. How can you say no to more energy without the side effects commonly felt by the consumption of stimulants? NR is a precursor form of vitamin B3 that helps create more energy molecules within your own cells. It is not a stimulant like caffeine which works by putting your body into overdrive for a short period of time, then crashing after the caffeine is depleted. You will enjoy the benefits of natural steady energy without the crashes with the use of NR on a regular basis.
Furthermore, NR has demonstrated to improve glucose tolerance, reduce weight gain, and protect against diabetic neuropathy in mice with Type 2 diabetes. NR also greatly reduced non-fasting and fasting blood glucose and improved liver damage2. NR appears to boost the functional ability of all cells, and in turn, the regenerative capacity of all organs without any side effects.
In conclusion, NR is a form of anti-aging technology that cannot be dismissed so readily. There have been no negative side effects of NR noted in any of the studies. Ergo, NR makes the “supplements you should take” list, so that you may age gracefully.
Dr Bhakta’s caveat: Lack of energy can result from various other causes like stress, metabolic syndrome, adrenal fatigue, iron deficiency anemia, etc. Before taking a supplement like NR for energy, make sure that you consult your doctor or me to be certain that your lack of energy is not stemming from other underlying causes.
Zhang H, Ryu D, Wu Y, Gariani K, Wang X, Luan P, D’amico D, Ropelle ER, Lutolf MP, Aebersold R, Schoonjans K, Menzies KJ, Auwerx J. NAD+ repletion improves mitochondrial and stem cell function and enhances lifespan in mice. Science, 2016 Vol. 352, Issue 6292, pp. 1436-1443 DOI: 10.1126/science.aaf2693