NAD Is An Essential Athletic Resource
Lately, there’s been a resurgence within the scientific community to reexamine just how important NAD is to overall cellular health. [1-4] Here are some key ways NAD works to support cellular health and performance of athletes.
Cellular Energy + Repair
Our cells require a constant supply of energy to perform at their best. NAD is an essential part of energy-generating processes. NAD also promotes cellular repair and plays an important role in keeping our cellular powerhouses, the mitochondria, working efficiently. [5-7]
Muscle Function + Recovery
For starters, NAD helps generate the cellular energy required for muscle contractions. It’s also been estimated that endurance runners regenerate their body weight in ATP over the course of a two-hour marathon. NAD is central to this process, both during exercise and the recovery process. [8-10]
We all know that poor or disrupted sleep can impact our day-to-day performance. But circadian clocks are more than sleep/wake regulators—they are central to metabolic health. NAD levels are not only regulated by the circadian clock, but also help regulate its activity at a molecular level. [11-13]