It's no secret that restricting the number of calories you eat is the best way to live a long, healthy life. Scientists have known for a long time that eating less on a daily basis will prevent the physiological signs of aging from showing up. In their studies, it didn't matter if they used fruit flies, roundworms, rodents, or people, cutting food intake by one-third produces a number of health benefits, including extending lifespan. But who wants to eat one-third less?
Most people don't want to restrict their calories. So what if I told you it's possible to get the exact same effects by taking two nutrients? It might sound crazy, but research has proven it works. I've told you about these nutrients' ability to mimic calorie restriction in the past. Nearly two years ago, I showed you how they can "reinvigorate mitochondria and ward off diseases of aging."
Now research has taken these results a step further. This study came out of the University of Colorado Boulder. The researchers found that taking a natural dietary supplement called nicotinamide riboside (NR) daily mimics caloric restriction - particularly in the cardiovascular system.
The study showed that NR improves blood pressure and arterial health in those with mild hypertension. And the results were highly significant. The participants with a blood pressure in the range of 120-139/80-89 mmHg saw their systolic blood pressure drop by about 10 points with the supplementation. A drop of that magnitude could translate to a 25% reduction in heart attack risk!
Senior author Doug Seals, a professor and researcher in the Department of Integrative Physiology said, "We found that it is well tolerated and appears to activate some of the same key biological pathways that calorie restriction does."
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The study showed that taking 1,000 mg daily of NR can boost your levels of another compound called nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+) by 60%. I've told you about NAD+ before as well. It's required to activate enzymes called sirtuins. These are largely credited with the beneficial effects of calorie restriction. NAD+ tends to decline with age. So boosting your levels is a great way to slow the aging process.
But the researchers found that boosting NAD+ did more than just slow the aging process. They said, "The idea is that by supplementing older adults with NR, we are not only restoring something that is lost with aging (NAD+), but we could potentially be ramping up the activity of enzymes responsible for helping protect our bodies from stress." That means taking NR, along with another powerful nutrient, could help you avoid the damage stress causes and slow down your aging. It's a win-win.
So what is this other nutrient? It's our old friend resveratrol. Studies have shown that taking resveratrol with NR delivers even better anti-aging and anti-stress results than taking either one of them separately. Together, they are a powerful combination that could lower your heart attack risk by more than 25%. You can buy NR online and resveratrol is available by following this link.
Your insider for better health,
Steve Kroening, ND.