Can the Right Foods Help Us Live Longer?

- Lynda Bateman

You are what you eat. Who hasn’t heard that old chestnut before, but did you ever consider certain foods can actually help you live longer?

We all eat, and for the most part everyone knows what’s good or bad for them. For instance, having a can of coca cola and a bag of potato chips for lunch will most certainly offer little by way of nutrition, and after the sugar high bursts, it may even leave you feeling tired, bloated and agitated.

These are the short-term consequences of a poor diet and most of us have suffered a stomach ache or two over a piece of chocolate cake. There are significant long-term effects of consistently eating unhealthy foods, diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome and most autoimmune diseases are just some of the diseases triggered by food sensitivities when they pass through the lower gut. But what are the elements we need to be aware of in a good diet to counter the bad? The answer, can be found deep within the foods we eat, so deep, it’s cellular.

What is NAD?

There’s a coenzyme called NAD+ (Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide) in our cells, which among its many functions, helps to keeps us from disease. The good news is, we are all born with a full supply, but as we age NAD drains from our cells, so by the time we reach our 50th birthday, most of us are working on half our original stores. Low levels of NAD in our cells as we age has been the focus of new studies into ways of keeping our supplies fuller, longer.

One way is through supplementing an NMN (Nicotinamide Mononucleotide), like the Herbalmax Reinvigorator product. NMN is a precursor enzyme to the NAD+ coenzyme and regular use has been noted at being successful at maintaining a youthful level in our cells. Healthy NAD+ levels have been associated with achieving a better night’s sleep, mood stabilization, clearer thinking and an overall good feeling of wellness.

But supplementation is only one way to refill our lagging NAD+ stores. There are some very good food sources for NAD+, some that are obvious, and some might surprise.

5 of the best Foods for NAD+

NAD+ exists is all living cells, not just human, but plants and all living things, and vegetables are a better source of NAD+ than most other foods. However, there are a few sources for NAD+ that are not veg-based, but still high in B3, or niacin. B3 is an amino and essential to NAD+ conversion in the cells. Here are the top five foods rich in NAD+.

Avocados

An already super, superfood, the humble Avocado, earns its place as a nutritional powerhouse, and tops our list as a chief source of NAD+. What makes it special, is the combination of B vitamins, specifically B3 (niacin) which is a key nutrient for production of NAD+ in our cells, and are one of the best good fat foods around, clocking up a whopping 77% of the calories from fat (Oleic acid), making it one of the best, fattiest plant foods on the planet! You guessed it; a diet of predominately healthy fats increases production of the NAD+ coenzyme. BINGO!

The added health benefits of a diet containing good amounts of oleic acid has been associated with reduced inflammation and studies have shown beneficial effects on genes linked to cancer.


Milk

Milk? Yes. In recent years milk and dairy products have been linked to all sorts of ailments with lactose intolerance firmly at the center of most people’s issues with milk. Despite its varied reputation, Milk is an undisputed champion when it comes to NAD+.

Milk’s secret weapon is a high value of Nicotinamide Riboside (NR), a precursor of NAD+. According to a study performed by the University of Iowa, there is 3.9 μmol of NAD+ per liter of ordinary cow’s milk, in fact, organic milk scored lower in NR concentrations. It turns out the milk ads in the eighties were correct! Milk really is good food.

Fish

Oily fish like tuna, salmon, sardines and mackerel have high amounts of NAD+ in them and are optimal over white fish.

Nutritional reviews of tuna found on average it contains 20.5mg (milligrams) of NAD+ and salmon comes in a close second with 10.1mg for the same 200gram portion. Again, oily fish is full of healthy fats, creating a healthy environment for the body’s own NAD+ production.

Green Vegetables

As NAD+ is a life-compound, the most obvious food choice to increase NAD+ in the diet would be eating more green vegetables. Besides the overall excellent nutritional values of veg, and high values of B vitamins, many are known to contain NAD+ -worthy amounts of the chemical compound, with asparagus notching up a healthy 3.2mg of NAD+ for a typical 150-200 gram serving.

Yeast

Like milk, another big source NR is yeast, and actually yeast out-preforms milk for NAD+ content per equal part.

Additionally, a single tablespoon of dried yeast has 3 grams of protein, high levels of iron, and is a great source of B vitamins. Consumption of yeast products, like milk, can come with a cost, as more and more people suffer from autoimmune disease, yeast has been found to be a trigger for gut sensitivities.

Good health for longer

All-in-all, a healthy life is about balancing equal amounts of exercise, sunlight, meditation and living as stress-free as possible, but that kind of life is not always practical.  NAD+ stores in the body are naturally boosted when we do everything right, but as we age, the challenge is greater.  

Opting to supplement your diet with an excellent NMN product like Herbalmax’s Reinvigorator, is the smart way to a feed our bodies, along with NAD+-rich foods, what they need to maintain inner strength and energy for a longer healthier life.