Niagen®, also called nicotinamide riboside (NR), is a naturally occurring pyridine-nucleoside form of vitamin B3. It acts as a precursor to NAD+, or nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide. In the body, Niagen® is converted into NAD+.
Here's why this is important...
NAD+ is found in every cell of the human body. It is an essential coenzyme that allows cellular mitochondria to function properly. NAD+ also allows the food that we eat to be converted into energy.
With age, our levels of NAD+ decrease. This results in mitochondria dysfunction and a reduction in cellular energy. Mitochondria dysfunction not only expedites the aging process, but also is a driving mechanism behind many diseases.
NAD+/niacin deficiency has also been tied to proper telomere health and length. Telomeres reside at the end of each chromosome. Telomere degradation, or shortening, is also a major contributor to the aging process.