The future of anti-ageing
You may have heard that science and technology is working towards a new ‘normal’ – helping us live for more than 100 years. While you may think that we are still a long way from that reality, many companies across the globe are running human trials for their ‘anti-ageing’ treatments. Even Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, recently invested in a startup which promises to prolong human life.
So what is this obsession with Benjamin Button-like anti-ageing? Is it realistic? How far are we from achieving this in reality? Let’s find out.
Anti-ageing: Is it a myth?
Let’s take a step back from the likes of anti-ageing face creams and approach the concept differently: Ageing is a biological process caused by an accumulation of cellular waste, DNA damage, and a slow decline of physiological functions. If we are able to tweak these processes, ageing can be reversed or at least slowed down.
You may have noticed a sharp increase in age prevention trends over the last few years, such as extreme workouts, different types of diets, and relaxation techniques like meditation.
While these techniques definitely have a positive impact on improving long-term health and wellbeing, they cannot stop or slow down ageing. And this is where anti-ageing treatments step in!
The market is filled with products and services that guarantee youthfulness. “Live the life of a 20 year old in your 50s” – is an example of wordplay used by companies to sell their products. While we all know something that extreme isn’t possible (yet!), people are still drawn to it.
However, this does not mean that all anti-ageing treatments are exaggerations. There are many types of treatments available in the market offering effective anti-ageing solutions. These range from topical treatments such as serums and moisturisers, to more invasive surgical procedures like Botox, dermal fillers, facelifts, brow lifts, and eyelid surgeries. Hormone replacement therapy has also gained popularity recently for its anti-ageing qualities. However, the one which tops our list and is currently trending (for good reason) is NAD+ IV therapy. But what is it and how is it different from the rest?
What is NAD+ and how does it help with anti-ageing?
Let’s first understand what NAD+ is and how it helps our body. All live cells in our body contain the coenzyme NAD+ (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide). This is responsible for a variety of cellular functions including energy consumption, DNA repair, and gene expression. Additionally, NAD+ acts as an electron carrier which facilitates the production of cellular energy.
NAD+ has been shown to play an important role in controlling inflammation and oxidative stress. It also plays a role in the creation of energy. NAD+ is also engaged in a number of cellular signalling pathways that keep the body feeling young and working at its best.
As we grow old, the NAD+ levels in our body generally decline, and as a result we encounter signs of ageing, including wrinkles, chronic diseases and other health conditions.
Is there a way to maintain optimum NAD+ levels for longer and can this help slow down ageing? The short answer is yes, which brings us to NAD+ drips, also known as IV therapy.
What is NAD+ IV therapy?
NAD+ IV therapy is an intravenous way of replenishing NAD+ levels in the body. NAD+ is placed into an IV bag with saline solution and administered into the back of the hand or the inner elbow to deliver the nutrients directly into the bloodstream.
An IV drip normally lasts around 45 minutes. This procedure is conducted under the guidance of a medical practitioner and the frequency and length of therapy is based on the needs of the individual.
Typically a NAD+ IV drip contains between 100-1000mg of NAD+, and saline solution (saltwater) to help with hydration. Additional vitamins and minerals like glutathione may be added to help reduce the oxidative stress in the body’s cells and improve energy regeneration in the body.
It is important to note that not all clinics and healthcare providers will offer the same components in the IV drip and may offer customisations based on your body’s requirements. It is always best to research your chosen clinic and their experience for safety – as with any medical procedure there is the risk of side effects.
Is NAD+ the future of anti-ageing?
Although research is still limited and ongoing, there have been promising studies that have shown NAD+ improves the activity of proteins linked to ageing, which promotes cellular regeneration in the body. As such, it can be concluded that NAD+ definitely has a promising future.
Those who have undergone NAD+ IV drips have reported improvements in their energy levels and overall health. However, individual experiences can differ vastly based on the health clinic you choose. Hence, it is recommended to do thorough research before choosing your health optimisation clinic for a safe and comfortable experience.