It is important to know whether or not an anti-aging product is safe and beneficial before taking it.
It is also important to note the supposed benefits of the supplement you may be purchasing. When you compare it with those of other similar supplements that have already been thoroughly researched and disproven, you will find that it may come off as shady and wrong, because it doesn’t exist. Let’s take a closer look at some of the benefits of Tru Niagen and then check into the best way to take it.
NR has come to the market at a time when many are questioning the safety of fish oils due to their high levels of mercury in fish” Not much research has been done to truly learn more about this and more research is needed. I use NR daily in my well but I use it in moderation (1/2 serving) and it’s not a staple for me.
For those of you who are on a low dosage of fish oil, you may want to go with the form with high levels of EPA.
Why is it useful to compare anti-aging supplements?
Very few natural remedies are truly beneficial, and very few products have been subjected to rigorous scientific testing. It is also wise to ask yourself how many people are currently using any supplement, which helps us to arrive at the answer to what is the right dosage, and what is the best method for using the supplement.
What is Tru Niagen?
Tru Niagen is a supplement found in various brands and supplements, although it appears in many forms, including capsules.
It was developed by Oregon, Oregon based Forest Labs, and used to treat macular degeneration and age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
AMD is the most common form of vision loss in the elderly and all clinical trials indicate that Tru Niagen significantly improves visual functions, including clarity of vision.
There are two approved dosing levels: a maximum of 1,600 mg per day, or a maximum of 896 mg per day, which are equivalent to one, two, three, or five g of Tru Niagen (depending on the manufacturer). The FDA has stated that they will not regulate the compound until a proper study is conducted on its effectiveness in older people.
The Amount of NR to Take and How Much to Take
NR can be taken as a supplement, over the counter (OTC), or taken by mouth. A helpful infographic from the University of Maryland Medical Center on dosages for supplement use can be found here:
Dr. Guido DiPasquale (associated with the University of Maryland Medical Center) explains the use of NR in this video:
The benefit of NR is not dependent on its EPA content but rather it’s level of DHA. As such, it is a very “nutrient-rich” supplement.
What You Need to Know About Tru Niagen Supplement
Does It Increase Liver Damage?
Since we are taking the active forms of EPA and DHA, it is an ideal supplement to take in the areas of your liver where they are involved in detoxifying your body (the most of the time) and detoxifying heavy metals.
Studies in rats have shown that NR can produce damage to the liver in a way that is not consistent with the beneficial effects of fish oil on this organ.
The studies show that, over a period of 14 days, in animals, Fish oil plus NR can cause liver damage.
In other words, NR plus fish oil can cause harm to the liver but the amounts of NR used are relatively small compared to fish oil and is only associated with toxicity in animals.
The majority of any fish oil comes from the fatty acids (DHA and EPA) as well as the other essential fatty acids (eicosapentaenoic acid, docosahexaenoic acid, and docosapentaenoic acid).
Fish oils that are high in omega-3 fatty acids, notably DHA and EPA, are not associated with any liver damage, especially in rats.
DHA and EPA are responsible for the health benefits that EPA and DHA have on the body. DHA, in particular, is very important for normal red blood cell production.
Furthermore, it has been found that NR, with its high DHA levels (and thus, high levels of heavy metals in the body), can produce toxicity in rats.
Does Tru Niagen NR Affect The Liver?
There are many reports of liver problems in people that are taking NR. This has been attributed to the EPA and DHA content of NR supplements being relatively high and thus being associated with liver problems.
The issues have been attributed to liver damage in a number of ways, such as over-consumption of dietary omega-3 fatty acids and the interaction of DHA and other inflammatory fatty acids in the body that cause damage to the liver.
What If I Like the Look of NR But Am Concerned About Liver Damage?
Having a skin type that is oily or dry can also affect how well NR is tolerated.
I find that I take much less when I am oily/dry due to the fact that my skin isn’t burning or feeling itchy. As a result, I take less NR. I’ve had people tell me that NR has caused them to have a reaction to it and we have had a lot of situations where people are very worried about liver damage but have no problem with NR.
Consume NR in moderation and do not feel a need to go overboard with the amount of NR. Remember to do this in a way that doesn’t cause you harm.
I recently went to see Tru Nagen in Toronto. I did not know much about it but as I mentioned in an earlier article, this is a microalga that contains large amounts of Niacinamide, vitamin B5, and vitamin B6. It has been around for quite some time and there is no harm in trying it. Tru Niagen does come in different forms. Pure Vitamin B5 is taken in two forms: 50mg and 100mg twice a day. Vitamin B6 is taken as 50mg or 200mg twice a day.
I did not know that Tru Nagen also contains and combines the key nutrients of Resveratrol, Vitamins A and E, and Vitamin C in one safe capsule. The ratio of these nutrients is not completely known but some studies have found it to be as high as 1:1.5. This could explain how Tru Nagen could be so powerful.
Vitamin C is also very high in Tru Nagen, 1mg/day. This is more than what most patients are getting from Vitamins C and E. In an article by Harvard Medical School, they have found that patients taking 100mg of Vitamin C tablets were consistently able to experience virtually no side effects. Many of my other readers are looking for anti-aging products and cannot get much Tru Nagen because of vitamin E. But what about anti-aging solutions that also contain Resveratrol and Vitamins A and E?
Tru Niagen has both of these elements, Resveratrol and Vitamin E. Resveratrol can improve DNA and preserve it better over time. Vitamin E protects your skin, prevents, and protects free radicals which cause skin wrinkles and free radicals in the body. These vitamins help to repair the aging skin.
Since this is a multi-vitamin, it can also help to prevent and protect free radicals. To quote from my original article:
Vitamin C and vitamin E are secreted by certain algae that live symbiotically in the biofilm of the skin. It is thought that they form insoluble complexes with the marine lipids.
These lipids are the principal cells of the dermis. They contain the molecules, enzymes, and biological molecules involved in the rejuvenation process.
When vitamin C, E, and marine lipids are released into the environment, they form insoluble complexes with the marine lipids, and in order to protect the biofilm, protect themselves against the constant exposure of the environment, they produce antioxidants. Antioxidants slow the breakdown of the marine lipids which is necessary for the rejuvenation process to continue.
Resveratrol is a phytonutrient that is associated with plant reproduction and higher life-span. It does have antioxidant properties in the same way that high amounts of vitamin C and E do. They also protect against free radical damage and rejuvenation processes. Vitamin E can reduce the formation of free radicals and slow down the aging process and rejuvenation processes. Resveratrol is a known potent antioxidant that is found in the resveratrol that is found in red wine.