NAD+ is nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, a coenzyme found in living cells that’s essential to performing key functions like metabolizing fuel sources and supporting healthy DNA. In short, it’s impossible to live without it. As we age and our NAD+ level drops, our bodies have a harder time completing these crucial cellular tasks.
Despite the research that backs up the need for NAD+ levels to remain high as we age, there’s been a lack of supplements that address, or reverse the process.
Enter Basis, from Elysium Health. With their team of world-renowned scientists and Nobel laureates on its advisory board, the consumer health company is one of the few on the market attempting to solve the issue and increase what they have termed health span. Elysium completed an NAD+-boosting study on humans in November 2017, publishing their findings in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Partner Journals Aging and Mechanisms of Disease and the results were incredible.
In that double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized trial, the team of researchers studied three groups of 40 men and women. One group was given a placebo pill, while the other two were given either the recommended dosage or a double dosage of Basis — a combination of nicotinamide, riboside, and pterostilbene — which our cells use to synthesize into NAD+ and support other important activities in the cell that contribute to health. Basis also helps activate sirtuin genes, which have been demonstrated to control longevity in lower organisms and are strongly linked to health in humans.
After four weeks of taking Basis daily, the two groups who took a single or double dose showed a statistically significant increase in their NAD+ levels. In the group of people who took the recommended dosage of Basis, NAD+ levels increased by an average of 40 percent. The findings will be even more compelling as follow-up studies show that the authors’ hypothesis — that increased NAD+ will result in increased cell function and general health — is further tested.
As you age, your levels of NAD+ will drop regardless of how well you eat and how much you exercise. This is true for everyone else, too. It’s important to remember that exercising and eating a healthy diet are irreplaceable — but boosting NAD+ is a groundbreaking strategy to support good health, and it’s now possible thanks to Basis.
Rather than develop products designed to increase one’s lifespan, New York-based Elysium Health is researching new ways to keep people healthy for a greater portion of their lives. Their first product, an NAD+ supplement called Basis, has been shown in an robust clinical trial to boost and maintain levels of a molecule that naturally decreases with age.