The Surprising Benefits of NMN for Chronic Health Challenges
If you have a chronic health challenge, chances are you haven't spent a lot of time thinking about or studying the topic of longevity. I know I had zero interest in the subject. I've been struggling with multiple health issues for more than 30 years so just getting through most days was a challenge. I felt like trying to extend my life was only asking for more years of discomfort, exhaustion and the dozens of other symptoms that I was living with.
Then about three months ago, as ProHealth was preparing to launch its new Longevity website, I was asked to read several of the articles that would be posted on the new site. Many of the articles focused on a new product called NMN (nicotinamide mononucleotide). I had never heard of NMN, but the more I read, the more fascinated I became.
What Is NMN?
After learning of the remarkable results other people were having, I began wondering if NMN could also offer health benefits for people like me who were living with chronic health challenges. Although I wasn't particularly interested in living longer, I was extremely interested in feeling better for whatever time I had left. So I dug deeper to find out just what NMN is and what it does.
I learned that NMN is a precursor of NAD+ (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide). Why is NAD+ important? Because NAD+ is a coenzyme found in all living cells. It is required for all of the body's fundamental biological processes and is absolutely essential for life. I also discovered that our NAD+ levels decline as we age. By the time we reach 50 years of age, we only have 50% of the NAD+ we had at birth.
What really piqued my interest, though, is the fact that NAD+ helps transfer energy from fatty acids and glucose to the mitochondria (the power plants of our cells), which converts them to ATP (cellular energy).
We know that mitochondrial dysfunction can result in a serious lack of energy, so any vitamins and supplements that may potentially improve mitochondrial function get my attention. Since the mitochondria are the energy producers for virtually every cell in the body, improving the function of the mitochondria can have wide-ranging health benefits - including improved energy. That's probably why an increase in energy and endurance is often the first improvement people notice when supplementing with NMN.
My Personal Experience with NMN
At this point in my quest to learn more about NMN, I decided it was time to try it myself. So about three months ago, I began taking 500 mg of NMN each morning. I felt like I noticed a difference the first couple of days, but I didn't think any supplement would work that fast, so I waited to see if it was really the NMN, or if I was just having a couple of those rare "good" days.
After two weeks had passed, I knew it had to be the NMN that was making a difference. I had gone from struggling to work 20 hours a week to working almost full-time. The best part is that I've been able to maintain that work schedule for three months now.
One of the most interesting things I've noticed is the type of increased energy I've experienced. It's not a big burst of energy where I feel like I could run a marathon or even clean the whole house. Rather, it's a subtle, sustained energy that allows me to keep going hours after I would normally have collapsed into bed, exhausted.
The word I've used most to describe what NMN has given me is stamina. Instead of brief surges of energy that are quickly depleted, I have a steady supply of enough energy to do my work or complete household tasks. Yes, I still get tired - especially since I've significantly increased my workload. But it's more of a “normal” tired, not the state of utter exhaustion I've lived with for so many years.
Considering the fact that I'm 70 years old, this kind of improvement is even more amazing. When I was 50, I felt like I was 70. At that time, I couldn't imagine how much worse I would feel in 20 years. But thanks to NMN, at 70, I now feel more like I'm 50 - or more accurately, how I should have felt at 50.
Over the years, I have used - and continue to use - several different supplements to improve my energy levels (Ubiquinol CoQ10, NADH, thiamine). Although they've all helped to a degree, I have to say that NMN has to be the best supplement for supporting energy that I've found.
Best Supplement for Energy... and More!
Increased energy is not the only benefit NMN can offer for people with chronic health challenges. Because NMN is a precursor of NAD+, increasing our NMN levels thereby increases our NAD+ levels. And increased NAD+ levels can help alleviate many of the symptoms associated with various health issues. In addition to boosting energy and stamina, increased NAD+ levels can help support a number of other health factors, including muscle strength, neurological function, body weight, heart health, vision, insulin sensitivity, cholesterol and triglyceride levels and gene expression.
Although harder to measure than energy, I feel like NMN has also helped improve my cognitive functioning abilities. It seems like I'm thinking more clearly and am able to organize my thoughts better.
Because NMN supports healthy mitochondrial function, and the mitochondria are the engines that run every cell in the body, I anticipate seeing additional improvements in other health parameters as well. But even if the increase in energy and stamina is the only benefit I get, I'll be happy. I'm already feeling better than I thought would ever again be possible.
George Tait Edwards: How To Live A Healthy Long Life.