While, to date, no studies have been conducted on humans, animal studies have consistently shown that NAD may be of great benefit in helping to slow the aging process. So, just how can we get in on this? Certain foods, such as cow’s milk, yeast, and even beer, contain NAD enhancing qualities. But consuming enough quantities may prove problematic for your diet. You may consider periodic fasting, which will help. A supplement called oxaloacetate will help mimic fasting if you just can’t put down the chips. You could also try maintaining a strict keto diet, one high in fat and low in carbs. Your body will stay in a state of ketosis, and levels of NAD will increase.
In 2013, a study by David Sinclair of Harvard and his colleagues reported that the mitochondria in lab mice was restored to youthful productive levels when treated with NMN (nicotinamide mononucleotide), a substance which boost levels of NAD in the body. Such a study speaks well to the success of increasing NAD in our own bodies, and the benefits to be gained from doing this. Increased levels of NAD can rejuvenate our mitochondria to the point where it acts like its more youthful self, allowing us, in turn, to rebound to our own youthful vigor while decreasing the threat of so many all too common degenerative ailments.
In nature, gene regulation is primarily carried out by enzymes called transcription factors, which cause chromatin to change from its unorganized state into a more structured state. This regulation causes genes to be expressed, and the expression of those genes depends on the ability of the cells to convert DNA into RNA (ribonucleic acid).