Eating a healthy diet can do a lot more than make you feel better, when it’s rich in NAD+ it can help you live longer too.
You are what you eat. Who hasn’t heard that old chestnut before, but did you ever stop to consider certain healthy foods can actually help you live longer?
We all eat, and generally everyone knows what’s good or bad for them. For instance, most people know a can of cola and a bag of potato chips for lunch will offer very little by way of nutrition. But there is much more to good nutrition than avoiding junk food, like supplementing to refill NAD+ (Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide) stores in your cells with precursor NMN (Nicotinamide Mononucleotide) products, like the Herbalmax Reinvigorator Basic or the Herbalmax Reinvigorator Gen2 formula. Even people who eat a healthy diet have something to learn about how certain foods interact with our bodies, provide unique nutritional values and do more, much more for us than just keep us lean.
Sugar highs, energy dips, tummy distress, and headaches are all short-term consequences of a poor diet. Who hasn’t suffered a stomach ache over a piece of chocolate cake or two? The significant long-term effects of eating unhealthily is predictable, resulting in various food-related illnesses like diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome and most autoimmune disease. So, what are the elements we need to be aware of in a good diet to counter the bad? The answer, can be found deep within the foods we eat, so deep, it’s cellular.
NAD+, what is it?
A coenzyme called NAD+ (Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide) exists in our cells, in all living cells for that matter, which among its many functions, helps to keeps us from disease. The good news is, we are all born with a full supply, but as we age NAD+ drains from our cells, so by the time we reach our fiftieth birthday, most of us are working on half or less of our original stores. Low levels of NAD+ in our cells as we age have been the focus of new studies into longevity and innovative discoveries on ways of keeping our supplies fuller, longer.
One very effective way is through the supplementation of NMN (Nicotinamide Mononucleotide) products like the essential Herbalmax Reinvigorator Basic or the Reinvigorator Gen2 brand. NMN is a precursor enzyme to the NAD+ coenzyme and regular use has been successful at maintaining a youthful level of NAD+ in our cells. Healthy NAD+ levels have been associated with achieving a better night’s sleep, mood stabilization, clearer thinking and an overall feeling of wellness.
But supplementation is only one way to refill our lagging NAD+ stores. There are some very good food sources for NAD+, some that are obvious, and some that might surprise.
5 of the best food sources for NAD+
NAD+ exists is all living cells, not just human, but plants and all living things. Although vegetables are a better source of NAD+ than most other foods, there are a few sources for NAD+ that are not veg-based, but still high in B3, or niacin. B3 is an amino acid and essential to NAD+ conversion in the cells. The following represent the fabulous five, the foods that are loaded with the NAD+ enzyme. The best way to keep your stores in good shape is to eat a diet full of NAD+ rich foods, like those listed below and supplement with trusted NMN products like Herbalmax Reinvigorator Basic or Herbalmax Reinvigorator Gen2.
An already super, superfood, the humble Avocado earns its place as a nutritional powerhouse, and tops our list as a chief source of NAD+. What makes it special, is the combination of B vitamins, specifically B3 (niacin) which is a key nutrient for production of NAD+ in our cells, and one of the best good fat foods around, clocking up a whopping 77% of the calories from fat (Oleic acid), making it one of the best, fattiest plant foods on the planet!
You guessed it; a diet of predominately healthy fats increases production of the NAD+ coenzyme. The added health benefits of a diet containing good amounts of oleic acid has been associated with reduced inflammation and studies have shown beneficial effects on genes linked to cancer.
Milk? Yes. In recent years milk and dairy products have been linked to all sorts of ailments, with lactose intolerance firmly at the center of most people’s intolerance issues. Despite its varied reputation, milk is an undisputed champion as a superior source of NAD+.
Milk’s secret weapon? Cow’s milk contains a very high value of Nicotinamide Riboside (NR), a precursor of NAD+. According to a study performed by the University of Iowa, there is 3.9 μmol of NAD+ per liter of ordinary cow’s milk, in fact, interestingly, organic milk scored lower in NR concentrations. It turns out the advertisements in the eighties were correct! Milk really is good food.
Oily fish like tuna, salmon, sardines and mackerel have high amounts of NAD+ in them and are optimal over white fish.
Nutritional reviews of tuna found on average it contains 20.5mg (milligrams) of NAD+ and salmon comes in a close second with 10.1mg for the same 200gram portion. Again, oily fish is full of good fats, creating a healthy environment for the body’s own NAD+ production.
As NAD+ is a life-compound, the most obvious food choice to increase NAD+ in the diet should be eating more green vegetables. Besides the overall excellent nutritional values of veg, and high values of B vitamins, many are known to contain NAD+ worthy amounts of the chemical enzyme, with asparagus notching up a very healthy 3.2mg of NAD+ for a typical 150-200 gram serving.
Like milk, another big source NR is yeast, and actually yeast out-preforms milk for NAD+ content per equal part.
Additionally, a single tablespoon of dried yeast has 3 grams of protein, high levels of iron, and is a great source of B vitamins. Consumption of yeast products, like milk, can come with a cost, as more and more people suffer from autoimmune disease, yeast has been found to be a trigger for gut sensitivities.
Good health for longer
All-in-all, a healthy life is about balancing equal amounts of exercise, sunlight, meditation and living as stress-free as possible, but that kind of life is not always practical with demanding modern schedules. NAD+ stores in the body are naturally boosted when we do everything right, but as we age, the challenge is greater.
Opting to supplement your diet with an excellent NMN product like Herbalmax Reinvigorator, is the smart way to a feed our bodies, along with NAD+-rich foods, what they need to maintain inner strength and energy for a longer healthier life.