What is NADH?
NADH (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide) is one of the most powerful antioxidants known. It is also called coenzyme 1 and is basically found in all living organisms. Coenzymes support enzymes in their task of enabling metabolism in the cells. The H in NADH stands for hydrogen, which reacts with the oxygen present in the cells and thus produces energy. NADH is involved in numerous redox reactions throughout the body, e.g. in the citrate cycle and in the breakdown of carbohydrates
In order for our body to produce NADH, it absolutely needs niacin, also known as vitamin B3, in addition to various amino acids. Vitamin B3 is found in meat, fish, broccoli and asparagus. During the cooking process, however, the NADH contained is unfortunately destroyed by high temperatures
Our body does not necessarily use these ingested amino acids to produce NADH; if they are needed in other places, they are not available for NADH synthesis. If you want to increase your levels, the safest way is to take dietary supplements
What is the function of NADH in the body?
NADH is significantly involved in our energy metabolism. Mitochondria, also known as the “power stations of our cells”, supply our body with energy. NADH provides this to the mitochondria by helping to convert food into energy, more specifically ATP (adenosine triphosphate). The ageing process is associated with the deterioration of mitochondria, which causes the typical signs of ageing. Therefore, NADH plays a major role in delaying this process.
In addition to its involvement in energy metabolism, NADH also helps the brain to produce important neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine, which strongly influence cognitive function and mood. It also regulates the release and uptake of neurotransmitters
Intake and dosage of NADH
According to current scientific findings, there are no side effects or interactions with other medications or nutrients to fear when taking NADH