What is NAD? The “Miracle” Molecule

Dr. Anthony Ho
What is NAD?

NAD stands for nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide and naturally exists in all of the living cells in our bodies. Without NAD, we wouldn’t be able to live happy, healthy and wealthy lives. There are two forms of the molecule, NAD+, and the other NADH . Nad precursors include nicotinamide, nicotinamide riboside, nicotinamide mononucleotide, but what exactly is the difference between NAD+ and NADH ?

To put is simply, one form of the molecule is holding onto an electron and the other is not. When NADH donates an electron, it becomes NAD+, and when NAD+ takes an electron from another molecule it becomes NADH.

The fact of the matter is that without either form of this molecule, we wouldn’t be able to lead fruitful lives, let alone survive. NAD+, the oxidated form of the molecule, is able to take electrons from the molecules in foods that you eat. After taking these electrons, it donates them to the mitochondria in your cells, to be utilized as energy.

On top of helping sustain mitochondrial function , NAD is crucial to the aging process because the molecule is active in DNA repair, chemical stress, and inflammation.

NAD sets the tone for our energy levels and how well (or poorly) we age; two factors that can heavily influence how well and happily we live our entire lives.

The Miracle Molecule:

In the world of hustle , grind , and waking up at 5:00 am, energy is everything. And between back to back work meetings, family, and self-care, it seems like we never have enough of it. The reality of the modern way of life is as follows: energy = productivity.

The more energy we have, the better we can perform and the more we are able to invest in our nearest and dearest short-term and long-term priorities.

The Drip Doctors team empathizes with the grand demands of your life, and we’re here to help you optimize your energy so you can crush your goals at work, home and in the gym.

To help you do so, we now offer NAD Therapy , better known as the “energy” drip. Read on to discover more about the benefits of NAD and how supplementing it can help you get from ordinary to top-performer levels of productivity and efficiency in all areas of your life.

Low Energy Levels are an Epidemic:


Low energy levels and exhaustion are a silent epidemic in the U.S., especially in the workplace.

These five jaw-dropping statistics prove how low energy levels are negatively affecting work performance and productivity throughout all industries:

  1. 80% of business executives sourly admit to not working at their optimal energy levels on a daily basis.
  2. 76% of people report feeling tired at work
  3. 43% of Americans are too tired to perform their functions safely at work
  4. Employees that are exhausted cost the U.S. over 400 billion dollars annually
  5. 60% of workers admit to making mistakes because they are tired

To be a top-performer, you need to learn how to increase your day-to-day energy, and understanding what NAD is, why NAD therapy works, and how it can benefit your lifestyle is a great place to start.

How Our Bodies Create Energy 101:

Mitochondria are referred to as the “energy factories” of our cells, and rightly so, as they generate around 90% of the energy that our cells require for survival and normal function.

NAD decline is normal as we age, and because NAD is directly responsible for sustaining mitochondrial function, that leads to a decline in the production of energy-rich ATP molecules produced by mitochondria.

All these biological changes sequentially cause our energy levels to plummet as we age.

Aging Researchers Link NAD to Longevity:

To paint a better picture, a person who is 80 years old only has anywhere between 1-10% of the NAD levels they did in their youthful years, and a middle-aged person normally has around 50% of NAD levels compared to their youth.

NAD also helps protect us from free radicals , which are unstable atoms that influence aging and disease.

Several human studies continue to show that aging is directly associated with a decrease in overall mitochondrial capacity. So, if you want to look good and feel good, boosting your NAD levels needs to be a top priority.

NAD Helps Sufferers of CFS:

For the last few decades, doctors have successfully treated Chronic Fatigue Syndrome with NAD and considering all of the diseases listed above, NAD has shown to be most effective in treating CFS because it has a potent effect in curbing fatigue.

Clinical trials suggest that supplementing NAD may possibly delay the aging process and the onset of diseases linked to such, which includes:

  • Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)
  • High blood pressure
  • Depression
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Parkinsons
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer

For the last few decades, doctors have successfully treated Chronic Fatigue Syndrome with NAD and considering all of the diseases listed above, NAD has shown to be most effective in treating CFS because it has a potent effect in curbing fatigue.

NAD has also attracted much intrigue as a potential cancer therapeautic because it is present in the salvage pathway of cancer cells and their metabolism.


What precisely is the role of mitochondria in energy production? And how can NAD help us reach top-performance levels in our homes, careers and holistic lives?

We hear that we should eat well, exercise and decrease stress levels all the time, but we really don’t understand the science behind why we should do all these things. The truth is that your lifestyle can increase or decrease your NAD levels.

Your lifestyle can be the reason you feel like a million bucks or just the opposite because it either supports or detriments mitochondrial health. Because Drip Doctors cares about how you feel, and how well you age, we’ve put together some lifestyle tips that can help you increase your NAD levels.

  1. Calorie Restriction: If you’re low on energy levels, try to cut down your calorie count anywhere between 20-30% . Restricting calories in a healthy manner, as well as intermittent fasting, may naturally increase NAD levels. Animal studies also show that fasting can activate SIRT1, which can increase longevity.
  2. Consuming the Right Ratio of Calories: One word, “ Keto .” The Keto diet , which consists of high-fat and low-carb, kicks your body into a state of ketosis. Ketosis can increase NAD+ and NADH levels naturally.
  3. NAD Boosters: To help you keep your skin flawless for longer, and your age in check, you can take a NAD booster to supplement your natural NAD levels. The traditional way to do so is to take an oral tablet , but more and more people are coming to modern facilities like Drip Doctors to get their NAD injections, just like they do their B12 shots.
Effective Tips for Managing Your Energy

Now that you have some tips in your back pocket to increase your energy levels, you need to learn how to manage the natural energy at your disposal, a talent arguably more important than managing your time.

To optimize the NAD that you do have, you should practice maintaining a healthy and holistic routine:

  1. Nutrition: These foods can help increase your NAD levels naturally, so stock up onthem the next time you visit your local market:
    1. Fish
    2. Yeast
    3. Chicken
    4. Dairy milk
    5. Green vegetables
  2. Sleep Schedule: Whatever you do, catch Zzz’s and catch enough of them! Disrupting your sleep schedule can wreak havoc on your circadian rhythms and will cause the SIRT1 gene, which is NAD-dependent, to be suppressed . This is because NAD and sirtuins , a group of proteins created by NAD, help to regulate your ciradian rhythm.
  3. Activity: Pace yourself with high strenuous activity to avoid burnout. Overextending your body in a short period of time can easily diminish energy levels and lead to oxidative stress, which can lead to decreased levels of NAD in your body.
  4. Meditation: Practice meditation or mindfulness on a daily basis. Meditation can slow the aging process by promoting cellular health, in as little as thirty minutes a day.

The main takeaway is that youth and vitality are not going to linger around in spite of your lifestyle. These aspects of life are going to remain with you because of your lifestyle. See to it that you are doing all that you can to stay young and energetic for as long as you can!

How Does NAD+ IV Therapy at Drip Doctors Work?

Oral tablets that contain nicotinamide riboside nr can take 4 to 8 weeks to have any noticeable effects on energy levels. For many of us, waiting 4 to 8 weeks to feel an increase in energy levels is not an option! We want energy, and we want it yesterday .

NAD infusions available at Drip Doctors , quickly restore cellular levels of NAD+ intravenously and are shown to not only repair DNA but also protect brain cells from cells from damage, reduce inflammation and have anti-aging results.

To date, there are no known side effects of NAD+ intravenous supplementation, the therapy is completely safe. When you come to Drip Doctors, your NAD+ treatment of choice will only be administered by a Board Certified Physician, PA, Nurse, or RN.

NADH for Athletes:
For all the weekend warriors out there, the NAD Infusions can also help improve your athletic performance. In fact, the intravenous NAD drip is used by many Olympic and professional athletes to enhance their endurance, stamina, and energy levels following training sessions.

One large study showed that athletes that took a daily dose of NAD nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide over the course of 4 weeks experienced improvement in their distributed reaction times (DRTs) and their ability to recognize patterns. If you’re an amateur athlete that wants to take training to the next level, NAD+ IV Therapy may be what you’ve been looking for.

Visit Drip Doctors for Your Quick NAD+ Boost:

We’ve designed NAD+ treatments to fit various lifestyles and health needs. Boost NAD levels with one of the following treatment protocols:

We all want to live richer, healthier, and longer lives.

We all want to live richer, healthier, and longer lives.

NAD may be the key to doing so, so abandon the “NAD treatment near more” search and visit Drip Doctors to get your NAD therapy in Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Brentwood today and soon in San Francisco.