What Is An NMN Supplement?
This article will address both NMN (Nicotinamide mononucleotide) and NR (nicotinamide riboside) supplements as both are precursors to NAD+ and both are used to maintain and replenish NAD+ levels.
NMN, Nicotinamide mononucleotide is a type of bioactive nucleotide (organic molecule), a precursor to NAD+ (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide), which enables cells to produce energy. NMN supplements are designed to help boost the body’s NAD+ levels. In the Clinical Trial segment, we will discuss how NMN may play a role in addressing serious illnesses attributed to declining NAD+ levels.
NR (nicotinamide riboside) is a form of Vitamin B that may be the most efficient route to form NAD+ or nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide. NR is the raw material from which your body makes NAD+ through a series of chemical transformations.
Both supplements increase NAD+ levels to stimulate energy, for DNA repair and Sirtuin activity. To grasp this new category of supplements’ significance, it’s essential that we develop an understanding of NAD+ and its function.
This article will introduce one of the newest categories of natural product supplementation, NMN supplements. Before we define NMN for you, we’ll explain that it is a precursor to NAD+, a coenzyme discovered over 100 years ago, essential to creating energy in every cell in your body. Without NAD+ acting as a coenzyme, crucial bodily processes cannot take place, and life would not exist. Sounds important, right? It is, and so without subjecting you to a biology lesson, we’ll explain NAD, NAD+, NADH, NR, and something called sirtuins, as concisely as possible, in laymen’s terms.
Mounting evidence suggests that NAD+ levels decline with age, a condition that scientists now consider a major contributor to aging. Lower NAD+ levels also trigger age-related conditions like cardiovascular disease, neurodegenerative diseases, and cancer. Maintaining or replenishing NAD+ levels then theoretically could be an effective anti-aging strategy.
Types Of NMN Supplements
To date, there are relatively few established supplement companies that market NMN supplements. Tru Niagen®, one of our Best Of products, features a patented ingredient Niagen®, a safety-reviewed form of NR, nicotinamide riboside.
Most other brands in the space use NMN, Nicotinamide Mononucleotide, a derivative of the B-vitamin niacin as the active ingredient. Dosages vary from 125 mg to 300 mg. Basis®, another brand, combines their NMN with an antioxidant related to resveratrol, pterostilbene.
Some brands recommend stacking NMN with resveratrol or other supplements to enhance the conversion to NAD+. More on this in the Stacking NMN Supplements segment.
NMN products use a feature not seen frequently in the nutritional products and supplement space – copies of Lab COAs (Certificates of Analysis) to validate purity are reprinted within the product descriptions.
The most prevalent forms of NMN supplements are powders, vegetable capsules, and sublingual tablets.
Key Ingredients In NMN Supplements
In our review, most products are single-ingredient powders or capsules, NMN or NR, with one brand combining NMN with an antioxidant. As mentioned, it uses a patented form of NR.
NMN Supplement Benefits
Given the limited entrants in the space, the number of purported benefits is significant. For example, one company claims that NMN supplementation has been found to:
Improve physical endurance
Improve muscle strength
Benefit neurological function
Improve heart health
Fueling your body’s energy engines—your mitochondria.
Defending against metabolic stresses, such as overeating
Promoting repair at the cellular level, counteracting the effects of stress and time
Promoting youthful cellular function.
While other brands cite:
Slows the shortening of telomeres
Helps fight general fatigue
Encourages youthful cognitive function
Finally, another website captures the following benefits:
Supports healthy aging – protects cells from age-related decline
Makes cells resistant to stress
Protects the brain
Helps repair DNA
Helps you eat and sleep at the right time
Seeking some common ground, we find energy, cell and telomere protection, and general anti-aging as the most likely benefits experienced by the normal consumer.
Post time: Jun-08-2022