This week on Healthy Happenings we discuss how NAD plays a very important role in our bodies. You can think of it as the central regulator of our metabolism. Every cell needs NAD to function and NAD levels decrease with aging and external stressors like stress and drinking. People are beginning to search for ways to boost NAD levels to enhance our metabolism. Recent research suggests that Vitamin B3 can help boost NAD production.

Taking NAD itself isn’t going to do much for you, that’s why taking the precursors to it is very important. Niacin is the most familiar form of vitamin B3, but can cause a hot flash-like flush for many patients. Niagen is a newer form of B3 that can easily enter cells and create an efficient chemical reaction. This is proving as an easy and effective way for Dr. Dweck’s patients to help themselves boost energy.

Looking at the difference between NAD precursors falls into 3 forms of Vitamin B3; Niacin, NAM (has a more difficult pathway into cells), and Niagen that can be taken orally and has been notified by the FDA as a generally safe substance. Niagen has recently been backed by several human and animal studies as being effective and safe. Like Niacin, Niagen does not seem to cause a flush and can help other proteins in our bodies that help protect our cells from aging. They are essentially a second layer of protection to our cell’s aging process. For dosing, the standard is about 300mg of NR (Niagen) per day. If you take too much, flushing may be a possibility, but is not common.

When talking about cellular health with patients, it can be hard to navigate. Dr. Dweck suggests that there’s no substitute for a good diet, good exercise, stress reduction and supplementation. With trillions of cells in our body, having them all work up to par is important and an extra boost of NAD is something that can help accomplish this. OMG NAD!!!

Dr. Alyssa Dweck, MS, MD, FACOG, is a practicing gynecologist at the CareMount Medical in Westchester County, New York. She provides care to women of all ages; she has delivered thousands of babies. A graduate of Barnard College, she has a Masters Degree in Human Nutrition from Columbia University and her Medical Degree from Hahnemann University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, now named Drexel University. Dr. Dweck trained at Lankenau Medical Center Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, where she was Chief Resident in 1994.
Dr. Dweck practices in Mount Kisco, NY and Carmel, NY and admits to Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, NY. She has been voted “Top Doctor” in New York Magazine and in Westchester County.
She is proficient in minimally invasive surgery including robotic surgery. She has a special interest and expertise in female sexual health and medical sex therapy. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and a consultant at Massachusetts General Hospital, Vincents Memorial Ob/Gyn Service. She has served on the board of directors of the CareMount Medical in addition to ethics, quality assurance, and peer review committees. She is on the medical advisory board of Hope’s Door, a shelter from Domestic Violence and is a medical consultant for,, a web community dedicated to resources and support for breast cancer related lymphedema.

Dr. Holly Lucille, ND, RN serves as the President of California Association of Naturopathic Physicians. Dr. Lucille works at the Los Angeles Free Clinic providing health education, promotion and prevention. Dr. Lucille serves as a Naturopathic physician, an expert on women’s health issues. In her private practice, Healing from Within Healthcare in Los Angeles, California, she specializes in Women’s Wellness. She has extensive education in various modalities, including homeopathy, clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, body and energy work and mind body and lifestyle counseling. She serves as a Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of PhytoPharmica Inc. She serves as a Member of Scientific Advisory Board at EuroPharma, Inc. She serves as a Member of Medical Advisory Board at Integrative Therapeutics, Inc. She served as Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Enzymatic Therapy, Inc. She serves as Member of Naturopathic Scientific Advisory Committee at Kamedis Bio Herbal Skincare. She is the recipient of the 2004 Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine Legacy Award recognizing her incredible service and contributions to the naturopathic medical community. She is a Registered Nurse. Dr. Lucille has Doctorate from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine where she received the ‘Daphne Blayden’ award for her ‘Commitment to Naturopathic Medicine.

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