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Do you feel yourself slowing down recently? Over time, sun exposure, excessive food and alcohol consumption, and jetting between time zones are just a few factors that can depress your metabolism and cellular health.
There is a clinically-studied vitamin that can help reduce the effects of aging and help your cells function like they did when they were younger. Is your metabolism missing this crucial component?
Men and women in their 40s and beyond are turning to a form of vitamin B3 called nicotinamide riboside (NR) to defend against the adverse effects of slowing metabolism.
Dr. Charles Brenner, the Roy J. Carver Chair of Biochemistry at the University of Iowa and the founding co-director of the University of Iowa Obesity Initiative, is responsible for discovering the link between NR and a co-enzyme called NAD+, which is a crucial key to human health.
Dr. Brenner is also the Chief Scientific Advisor behind TRU NIAGEN™, the only NR supplement directly from the ingredient’s patent-holder.
We invite you to read our Q&A with Dr. Brenner to learn more about his discovery, cellular health and why NR should be part of your morning routine.
GMP: What is NR and why do people take it?
CB: NR is a vitamin that maintains and boosts the central regulator of metabolism: NAD+.
NAD+ is required for us to convert our fuels (fats, proteins, and carbohydrates) into the energy we need to move, think and stay in optimal health. NAD+ is also required to protect our DNA and maintain nerve and muscle function.
Levels of NAD+ naturally decline with age. In addition, our levels of NAD+ are challenged by many metabolic stresses including sun and alcohol exposure, toxins, overeating and jetting between time zones. People take NR to maintain their youthful metabolism and resilience as we age and experience stress.
What kind of results can one expect to see from taking NR and in what time period?
People who have started taking TRU NIAGEN™ report subtle changes in their overall feelings of well-being including improved sleep, consistent energy, improved mental clarity and alertness, and improved skin and digestive health within 2 to 4 weeks of taking their first dose.
Can you describe the best candidates for NR supplementation?
NR is not intended to treat any disease or condition. NR is for adults, and given a reduction of NAD+ with age, will likely benefit those age 40 and above more than younger people. NR is not a substitute for a bad diet or poor sleep and hygiene, but it helps to optimize health and smooth out some of the stressors in life.
Is there anyone who shouldn’t consider taking NR?
NR is not contraindicated for any conditions. However, we recommend that you talk to your doctor about NR if you have a disease or any concerns at all.
Does NR have common side effects?
Based on clinical studies, there are no known side effects of NR. This is very different from another, commonly known form of vitamin B3 called niacin, which notoriously causes the uncomfortable side effect called flushing (reddening of the skin, often accompanied by a burning or itching sensation).
What kind of studies have been done with NR to prove its efficacy?
In people, we’ve shown that NR safely boosts NAD+ levels in a dose-dependent manner. Many more human studies are in process with some nearing publication.
Without getting too technical, how does NR impact longevity?
We’ll start by taking a deep breath and assure you we will not make human longevity claims. We have no plans specifically to test NR as a life extension supplement in people, but rather, a health extension supplement. It’s reasonable to consider that by boosting NAD+, NR can help people age better, increasing many functional metrics of living that are collectively termed healthspan.
What is the number one reason someone would consider supplementing with TRU NIAGEN™?
It is nutritional support for healthy aging. Of course, you should also eat right, and stay physically and mentally active.
ChromaDex, the worldwide patent-holder of NIAGEN® (nicotinamide riboside), previously only sold NR to third-party brands, but recently made NR available directly to consumers under the brand name TRU NIAGEN™. With TRU NIAGEN™ from ChromaDex, you can be sure that you are getting patented, extensively researched and rigorously tested NIAGEN® – straight from the company that pioneered it. Every bottle of TRU NIAGEN™ has to meet the highest standards for safety, potency, and purity.
NOTE: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.