We all want to live long, healthy lives. And while there’s no magic bullet for immortality, there is science that can help us slow down the aging process. We will examine two molecules – nicotinamide mononucleotide (NMN) and nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+).
NMN is a nucleotide that occurs in all living cells. It’s an important intermediate in the production of NAD+. NAD+ is used by our cells for energy metabolism, DNA repair, and other essential functions. Supplementing with NMN has been shown to increase NAD+ levels.
As we age, our NAD+ levels decline. A decline in NAD+ is linked to many of the the age-related changes we see. Decreased energy levels, muscle loss, and cognitive decline. Supplementing with this compound has been shown to slow or reverse some of these changes in animal studies. One study found that supplementing with NMN increased lifespan. It also improved physical activity in mice. The longevity expert, David Sinclair is known to be taking a supplement.
NMN is generally well-tolerated and side effects are rare. The most common side effect is nausea, which can be avoided by taking NMN with food. Recently the FDA in the United States has ruled that NMN cannot be sold as an over the counter medicine. It has to be sold on prescription only. There is still information coming out on why it was made prescription only. So, is there a natural alternative to NMN?
Cabbage, broccoli, cucumber and avocado are some options that contain the compound. The quantities available are small. For example, cabbage contains about 0.25 mg of NMN per 100 grams. Beneficial doses start at about 250 mg per day. You could be eating cucumber all day long. A 100 kilograms of broccoli per day would get you to your desired doses.
So in this case, you may be better off considering a supplement. Except now you may need a prescription.