There are a lot of products on the market today that promise fantastic anti-aging qualities.
Some of these products work; most don’t.
But there is one that everyone needs to know about.
It’s a simple generic vitamin that you can purchase for just pennies a day.
I’ve found that one of the primary causes of aging is a lack of energy. When your body lacks energy, your cells cannot function well. If it’s a brain cell, it can’t send the impulses as well. If it’s a digestive cell, it can’t make the digestive enzymes as well. You get the idea. Every cell in your body is affected by how well you make energy.
And this generic nutrient directly affects your body’s ability to produce energy. It does so by forming what we call a metabolic intermediate. This is a molecule that enables your body to produce energy.
What is this nutrient? It’s niacinamide.
You may recognize the first part of the name — “niacin.” That’s because niacinamide is the active “amide” version of vitamin B3 (“niacin” plus “amide” equals “niacinamide”). Amides are simply organic compounds. Your body can convert niacinamide into niacin, but it doesn’t work the other way around. So if all you’re taking is niacin, then you won’t be able to have the many benefits of niacinamide.
Just what are those benefits?
Amazing Anti-Aging Benefits
There are two metabolic intermediates in your body. The first one is called FAD (flavine adenine dinucleotide), which comes from the B-vitamin riboflavin. The second one is NAD (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide), which comes from niacinamide. It can also come from niacin. But niacinamide is a much more potent precursor for NAD.
NAD is the single most important metabolism-intermediate we know of. It’s critical for both the metabolism of fat and glucose. As such, your body is constantly using it up. So you must continually replace it.
In fact, researchers recently found that the better your body produces NAD, the longer you’ll live! This is due to its ability to inhibit the breakdown of our DNA that so commonly occurs as we get older. They found that niacinamide extends the lifespan of mice by preventing apoptosis (cell death).
Because niacinamide positively affects your metabolism, it’s not surprising that it would also help patients with type-2 diabetes. In one study, researchers gave only 500 mg of niacinamide per day to four type-2 patients for one month. Then they gave them a regular maintenance dose of 250 mg of niacinamide per day. The niacinamide reduced their blood-sugar levels to normal! And the two patients who took oral hypoglycemic agents were able to discontinue their medication. This is a small study. But it is very promising.
Be Calmer — Sleep Better
Niacinamide is also a potent sleep aid. In fact, it works a lot like Valium, but it’s not habit forming. Valium stimulates the benzodiazepine receptors in the brain. When niacinamide activates these receptors, they induce a feeling of calmness and sleepiness.
I have found that niacinamide works wonders on my patients, especially those with a lot on their minds. It helps them fall asleep much more easily if they take it about 30 minutes before bedtime.
And an interesting final note on niacinamide is that it can help prevent a hangover. A hangover is simply the toxic effects of acetaldehyde, which is a by-product of alcohol. If you can stop the acetaldehyde, you won’t have a hangover.
Simply take niacinamide before and after drinking. It can reduce the formation of acetaldehyde by up to 50%. This might be something handy to remember before that next office party.
Regardless of whether you’re very healthy or struggling with diabetes, insomnia, or the occasional hangover, niacinamide is one of the best treatments you’ll find. And it costs almost nothing.
Simply take between 1,500 and 2,000 mg every night before bed. You can find niacinamide in most health food stores and on the Internet.
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