NMN Applications Research

The results of scientific research and clinical trials should be taken as a basis for understanding and evaluating the function and efficacy of NMN; Based on the current literature, the summary is below.


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1.Boost NAD+ level 


NAD+ is an important substance to keep the human body functioning. It exists in all cells and participates in thousands of physiological reactions in the human body[1].

The experiments conducted by Harvard Medical School in 2013 showed that one week after oral administration of NMN by 22-month-old mice, the NAD+ level in the mice’s body increased, and the critical biochemical indexes related to mitochondria stability and muscle function restored to the level equivalent to those of 6-month-old young mice[2].

In 2012, the University of Washington School of Medicine found that intraperitoneal injection of NMN can promote NAD+ biosynthesis in mice and increase insulin sensitivity or insulin secretion to improve sugar tolerance, which is an effective intervention measure to prevent the development of T2D (Type II diabetes) induced by dietary and age[3].


2.Activate SIRTUINS 


Sirtuins influence physiological processes, such as inflammation development, cell growth, circadian rhythm, energy metabolism, neuron function, stress reaction, etc.

In 2019, the Harvard Medical School found that NMN, acting as the important precursor for the synthesis of NAD+ in the organism, plays many beneficial roles in body function (such as metabolism improvement, protection of the cardiovascular system, etc.) through activation of Sirtuins[4].

In 2019, the University of Colorado found that intraperitoneal injection of NMN can enhance the activity of Sirtuin1 in mice's artery and reverses age-related arterial dysfunction and oxidative stress; in addition to activating Sirtuin1, it can also reduce oxidative stress and improves the vascular function of aged mice[5].


3.Repair DNA damage


The NAD+ level in the body not only influences the activity of Sirtuins but also plays an important role as a substrate for the normal function of PARPs (Poly ADP ribose polymerase)[6]. PARP, located in the cell nucleus, is a DNA repair enzyme related to DNA repair under stress conditions.

In 2017, the Harvard Medical School found the mechanism through which NAD+ repairs DNA damage. One week after oral administration of NMN by aged mice which are exposed to radiation, it is discovered that the DNA damage is reduced[7].


4.Promote metabolism and Increase the level of energy


Metabolism is the collection of chemical reactions that sustain life in organisms and is a general term for chemical reactions that sustain life in organisms[8].

In 2019, the research results of the University of Maryland Medical school showed that intraperitoneal injection of NMN can significantly increase the level of NAD+ in the mitochondria of the laboratory mouse's hippocampus, and the contents of kinetomeres ATP in the brain tissue also increases, thus improves metabolism of bio-energy of organisms[9] .

In 2020, the research results of Zhejiang University of Technology showed that after oral administration of NMN by mice suffering from depressive disorders, Sirtuin 3 was activated by the increasing NAD+ level, the metabolism of bio-energy in the mitochondria of the laboratory mouse's hippocampus of the brain and liver cells; in this way, the depressed symptom of the mice is relieved[10].


5.Promote Blood vessel repair maintain vascular elasticity, enhance endurance and vitality


In 2018, Harvard Medical School found that 18-month-old mice orally administered NMN for 2 months restored capillary number and density to the

level of young mice, increased muscle perfusion and dissolved oxygen levels at rest, and improved exercise tolerance by 58%-80% in older mice[11].

In 2016, the University of Colorado conducted research and found that oral administration of NMN can repair the damaged EDD of carotid artery endothelium-dependent relaxation function of the aged mice, reduce aortic pulse wave velocity (APWV), decrease the content of nitrotyrosine and retroviridae collagen I, 

increase the content of elastin and recover the activity of SIRT1[5].


6.Enhances endurance and vitality and help weight management


In 2017, the University of New South Wales found that both NMN and exercise are useful in reducing obesity and improving glucose tolerance and mitochondrial function for mice with hereditary obesity. The injection of NMN can increase the NAD+ level in the body so as to activate Sirtuins protein and boost the metabolism of fat in the liver[12][13].


7.Promote heart health


In 2014, the New Jersey Medical School conducted research and found that intraperitoneal injection of NMN can significantly increase the NAD+ level of the mice's heart and prevent a decrease of NAD+ during the ischemic stage. NMN protects the heart from ischemic/reperfusion injuries[14].

In 2017, the research result of the Case Western Reserve University showed that short-term intrauterine injection of NMN successfully protected mice from heart failure caused by overloading pressure. This is because NMN protects the microscopic structure of the chondriosome, reduces the level of active oxygen, and prevents myocardial cells from dying[15].


8.Promote brain health


Diabetes, mid-age hypertension and mid-age obesity, lack of physical activity, and smoking are all associated with vascular dementia and Alzheimer's disease[16].

In 2019, the University of Oklahoma found that intraperitoneal injection of NMN provides significant protection to cerebral microvasculature of aged mice. NMN reduces the oxidative stress of the cerebral microvascular endothelium, improves endothelial function, and relieves the coupled reaction of neurovascular bundle in aged mice's cortex[17].

In 2020, the University of Oklahoma found that intrauterine injection of NMN can restore the NAD+ level of cells in aged mice, save neurovascular function, increase cerebral blood flow and enhance cognitive function[18].


9.Improved insulin sensitivity


In 2016, the University of Washington School of Medicine found that by adding NMN to drinking water and feeding mice suffering from insulin resistance caused by a certain inactive enzyme, insulin resistance can be reversed, and the free fatty acid concentration in plasma can be reduced[19].

In 2012, the University of Washington School of Medicine found that intrauterine injection of NMN can increase the level of NAD+ so as to improve glucose tolerance and lipid distribution, increase insulin sensitivity of the liver, restore oxidative stress and inflammation reaction, circadian rhythm, and other genetic expressions for mice suffering from type 2 diabetes[20].


10.Prevent losing bone mineral density and improve eyesight and immune function


In 2016, the University of Washington School of Medicine conducted a long-term experiment in which the mice were given oral administration of NMN for 12 

months. The NMN taken orally was soon transformed into NAD+ and eliminated the physiological decline associated with aging, including improving vision,

 improving immune function, preventing bone density loss, etc.. Moreover, there were no toxicity or side effects with NMN[21].






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[10]Xie X,Yu C,Zhou J,et al.Nicotinamide mononucleotide ameliorates the depression-like behaviors and is associated with attenuating the disruption of mitochondrial bioenergetics in depressed mice[J].Journal of Affective Disorders, 2020,263:166-174.


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