NADH is the coenzyme form of vitamin B3 and required by as many as 200 different enzymes. It has a key role in energy production within cells. When combined with oxygen, NADH forms water and energy in the form of ATP, which is stored in the body. The more NADH the cells have, the more energy they produce.
NADH also acts an antioxidant and a reducing agent, scavenging free radicals.
Natural Sources of NADH:
NADH is naturally found in the body with the highest concentration in the liver, muscles, and brain, and heart. Red meat, chicken, and yeast are good sources of NADH. A very small amount can be found in vegetables. NADH is heat sensitive and can be destroyed by cooking.
Athletic Benefits of NADH:
Potential athletic benefits are:
- Boosts energy level.
- Delays fatigue and exhaustion time.
- May help with travel fatigue and jet lag.
- Decreases reaction time.
- May stimulate growth hormone release (See “Vitamin B3; Niacin") under the section of “GH Enhancers”).
- May improve mental alertness and clarity.
Non – Athletic Benefits of NADH:
NADH may be beneficial in the following conditions:
- Chronic fatigue syndrome.
- Parkinson`s disease. NADH increases the production of dopamine.
- Alzheimer’s disease.
- Jet lag.
- High LDL cholesterol.
- High blood pressure.
NADH is usually taken 10 – 20 mg daily on an empty stomach.