Anxiety is an emotional response necessary for survival. Similar to stress, however, chronic anxiety can have detrimental effects on the body and is the symptom of many mental disorders.
What is the conventional treatment for anxiety?
Everyone has their own way of dealing with stress and anxiety. Many participate in stress reduction activities such as meditation and yoga, or see a counselor for talk therapy. In some cases, a more aggressive approach is needed such as prescription medication.
Many anti-anxiety and anti-depressant medications target specific neurotransmitters within the brain including gamma-aminobutryic acid (GABA) and serotonin. Medications enhance the availability of either neurotransmitter is considered the gold standard in conventional treatment.
Benzodiazepines are commonly prescribed for anxiety and insomnia based upon their ability to induce a sedative and relaxed feeling. This type of medication increases GABA within the brain and is generally viewed as safe. Although chronic use of benzodiazepines can lead to tolerance and withdrawal. Symptoms of benzodiazepine withdrawal may include:
- Sleep disturbances
- Muscle twitches and tremors
- Perceptual distortions
Most withdrawal symptoms are due to an imbalance of neurotransmitters within the brain. In the case of tolerance withdrawal, an increase in dosage of the prescribed medication is required to achieve the same effect it once had and to prevent withdrawal symptoms. Ray, who had been struggling with anxiety attacks since he was 19 years old, started to present symptoms of tolerance withdrawal and decided to come off his benzodiazepine dependency with the help of NAD+ therapy.
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are the most commonly prescribed antidepressant, but are also effective for anxiety symptoms. This type of medication allows the serotonin to be more widely available in the brain, which is associated with improved mood.
Numerous scientific studies are emerging about the therapeutic benefits of NAD+ therapy. One such study revealed how an NAD+-dependent enzyme, sirtuin 1, is able to reduce anxiety by enhancing serotonin within the brain. In more technical terms, activation of sirtuin 1 by NAD+ allows transcription of genes and thus mediation of anxiety. NAD+ therapy has the unique ability to rebalance the brain naturally.
Anxiety is a natural response to environmental stimuli that produces a stress response in the body. While taking benzodiazepines help eliminate the symptoms of stress, addictive tolerance can quickly develop. NAD+ therapy address the source of the anxiety and addiction.
NAD+ qualifies as a supplement under the Food and Drug Administration guidelines and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.