It can be easy to drown in the alphabet soup of the health world. Right now, NAD is the acronym occupying all the headlines, but what about NMN? In soup-speak, NMN is more of an ingredient; NAD is the whole bowl.
NMN vs. NAD
NAD (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide) is a coenzyme present in almost every cell of the human body, powering your metabolism, giving you energy, and stifling the effects of aging. NAD is critical to human survival but naturally decreases as we grow older—this is why NAD treatments wield so much power.
NMN (nicotinamide mononucleotide) is considered a precursor to NAD: in its supplement form, it creates NAD. However, according to Tru Niagen’s article “8 Key Differences Between NMN & NR,” NMN requires an inefficient three-step process to enter the cell and produce NAD. NMN had also not undergone human studies until recent years, relying before on rodent trials, according to Elysium’s article “NMN And NR: How These NAD+ Precursors Measure Up.”
There is no doubt NMN can benefit people—experts believe it could be a valuable way to increase NAD levels in humans. However, there is not as much positive data on that molecule as there is for NAD so far. Studies are ongoing.
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8 Key Differences Between NMN & NR. February 1, 2019. Tru Niagen. https://www.truniagen.co.nz/blogs/news/8-key-differences-between-nmn-nr
NMN And NR: How These NAD+ Precursors Measure Up. Elysium. https://www.elysiumhealth.com/blogs/science101/nmn-and-nr-how-these-nad-precursors-measure-up