What is NADH?
Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide + hydrogen or NADH is found in the cells of all plants and animals. It is also known as coenzyme 1. NADH is a highly important coenzyme in the body and is responsible for a number of biological reactions. It is important in generating energy and the development of cells. It is also an important antioxidant and an important form of vitamin B3, also known as niacin. NADH is useful in improving athletic endurance and improving memory and mental clarity.
Taken in small doses for a short period of time NADH is safe and no serious side effects have been reported.
How does it work?
NADH is produced by the body to make energy. It is a coenzyme rather than a hormone. Whilst enzymes are crucial to the functioning of the body, they are unable to be activated without coenzymes. Therefore, in the production of energy, there is a co-dependent relationship because enzymes can only convert food into energy and water with the help of coenzymes.
An NADH deficiency means that cells are energy deficient, causing symptoms of tiredness and fatigue. The more NADH that is available to a cell, the more energy it can produce.
Adenosine triphosphate or ATP is the process that our body uses to facilitate the storage of energy in the muscles. It is a crucial and complex biochemical process and is important for bodybuilders. NADH could increase the ATP production in muscle cells making it highly beneficial for athletes.
Studies have proved that NADH can improve athletic performance. Cyclists and runners have recorded better mental acuity, increased capacity for oxygen and reduced reaction times after taking NADH. There was also an increase in muscle energy.
NADH is also great at repairing damaged cells and improving the body's immune response. It can also be used to treat high blood pressure, high cholesterol, depression and challenging the effects on the liver and testosterone levels caused by alcohol. It can reduce the signs of aging and is even used by some to treat Alzheimer's. It is widely used in combating chronic fatigue syndrome as well.