Do you want more energy?
Do you want to live longer?
Do you want to decrease your stress?
Do you want to avoid disease?
I’m starting to see the signs of aging and have been doing some research on the things I can do to reduce the signs of aging. It’s not just about the small wrinkles I’m noticing under my eyes or the dryness of my skin. It’s about what’s happening to the insides of my body; especially my energy levels.
Science blows my mind. And even more so, what science has and has not discovered. The topic of anti-aging, or “longevity genes” is new and up and coming. Do you want to know more about how to live a longer and more youthful life?
Then read on, my friend!
I’ve always been told that taking a B-Complex will help with everything. But what does that actually mean? This week, I want to focus on a particular vitamin, B3, but it’s not JUST B3, it’s a super form of it called Nicotinamide Riboside, NR for short. There is a buzz in the air about NAD+ and longevity genes.
NAD+ is a co-factor molecule involved in the energy transport chain; ie, makes energy in your body.
Remember back in biology class when you labelled cell organisms? Mitochondria may ring a bell. If it doesn’t, it should. Your mitochondria are the batteries of your cells. They are responsible for creating all the energy you require throughout your day. It is therefore important to take care of them as much as possible, especially when you start the aging process.
There is a great deal of testing and review of mitochondria and how it plays a role in longevity. And when I talk about longevity, it isn’t just about living longer, but avoiding age-related diseases like:
Type 2 diabetes
NAFLD - Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
NR is derived from two main food sources:
TRYPTOPHAN - salmon, nuts and seeds
B3 - lean meats, legumes, vegetables
But it is nearly impossible to get enough to be therapeutic from your diet, so supplementation is necessary. NR is needed for energy building and repairs DNA that will increase longevity.
We have genes that respond to enzymes called SIRTUINS. Sirtuin activity is increased by fasting and during exercise.
So fasted exercising makes sense?!
You may be asking yourself why I’m writing about this and why you need to know:
I can tell you that the trend of anti-aging is changing.
That it’s not just about what you put ON your skin, but what you put IN your body.
That if you take any anti-oxidant supplements, there is one thing you need to add to it to amp it up; NAD+
Are you wondering if you should be taking anti-oxidants?
Do you live in a city?
Do you drive a car?
Do you regularly exercise?
Do you eat out?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, then you should be taking an anti-oxidant, and here’s why:
Your body is exposed to toxins like car exhaust, cigarette smoke, paint, fabric solvents, even chemical fragrance in candles and body care which create free radicals. Built up stress in your body turns into free radicals.
When free radicals build up in your body they can start to damage your tissues which can lead to cancer, heart disease and other diseases.
Your body can remove these free radicals, but as you age it becomes more difficult and it needs help from supplementation.
Here is a list of the most popular anti-oxidants:
N-Acetyl Choline (NAC)
Super Oxide Dismutase
I am currently using this one:
Of course, you can add high anti-oxidant food to your diet which will help, but the concentration may not be enough to be effective. While adding any of these things to your routine may help, it's not a one-pill answer. Nothing will replace the benefits of eating a whole food diet, highly plant-based along with moderate daily exercise.
Are you concerned with age-related diseases? Does it run in your family?
Let me know your thoughts!
Until the next time,
Eat well. Work hard. Seize Wellness.