All About NADH: Is it Worth a Shot?

There are many supplements on the market claiming to address a whole litany of problems. One new supplement is known as NADH, which some claim can treat a number of serious health problems. But does this product live up to the hype?

Possible Benefits

NADH is short for “nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide + hydrogen.” This substance is produced naturally by our bodies, as it is a key component in the chemical process for producing energy.

Currently, there is some evidence to suggest that NADH could give the body a needed jolt. Specifically, research has found that those living with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) could benefit from taking NADH. One such study, published by Spanish researchers in 2016, concluded that NADH could alleviate the post-exertional malaise caused by CFS when taken in conjunction with coenzyme Q10 (coQ-10).

Aside from being used as a source of energy, some consumers swear by NADH’s ability to bolster mental clarity, alertness, concentration, and memory. Moreover, the biggest proponents of NADH contend that it might be used for everything from high blood pressure, high cholesterol, depression and even for Parkinson’s and dementia. Indeed, NADH is sometimes given intravenously to both Parkinson’s and depression patients.

As interesting as these claims might be, it should be stressed that NADH has not yet been conclusively proven to be able to treat the conditions listed above.

How Much to Take?

Though research into NADH is still ongoing, most people seem to be able to safely use this supplement for up to 12 weeks at a time. Generally speaking, side effects tend to be relatively rare for those who limit their consumption of NADH to 10 mg per day.

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