Reposted from Hypothyroidmom
My seven year old son loves to jump, climb, and run. As he leaped through the air full of energy the other night, I thought, “Now that’s a boy naturally full of NAD.”
Written by OB/GYN Alyssa Dweck, MS, MD, FACOG
There’s a molecule in every single one of our living cells that’s also pretty hot in the world of anti-aging right now. It’s called NAD (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide). Biochemists have known about the coenzyme since 1906, but it wasn’t until much more recently that scientists learned we can lose the molecule over time. Now it’s gaining renewed interest because of its role in aging and metabolic health.
Cellular Metabolism & Thyroid Health
The connection between hypothyroidism, an underactive thyroid gland, and cellular energy isn’t one that’s talked about a whole lot. To help us understand the connection between hypothyroidism and cellular energy, let’s first consider what your thyroid gland does. The thyroid, which is at the base of the neck (just above the Adam’s apple in men), produces multiple thyroid hormones, which influence the body’s metabolic rate. This is integral to essentially every bodily function and influences one’s appetite, caloric burn rate and weight, energy and fatigue levels, heart rate, and sleep patterns to name a few!