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NMN Foods: How to Eat Your Way to Longevity

What are NMN foods and how do they help us age better?

Read on to learn more about these foods, how they support healthy aging, and how you can start increasing the anti-aging effects of your diet today!

What is NMN?

NMN is short for Nicotinamide Mononucleotide.

It is a molecule that occurs naturally in our bodies and certain foods. It is the precursor of  Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide (NAD+).

NMN: A Precusor to NAD+

NAD+ helps turn the food we eat into energy for our cells. It also helps enzymes that repair DNA and prevent damage to our cells.

As we get older, our levels of NAD+ decrease, which may contribute to aging and age-related symptoms and diseases.

By middle age, our NAD+ levels have plummeted to half that of our youth

Aging itself has also been shown to significantly compromise the body’s conversion of NMN to NAD+.

A woman aging depicted in 4 progressive pictures from younger to older; NMN Foods may slow the aging process.
NAD+ levels decrease as we age.

NMN Health Benefits

Preliminary research suggests NMN may support healthy aging.

Researchers have mainly conducted NMN studies in vitro or animal models.

Therefore, more human studies are needed.

Potential Health Benefits of NMN Include:

  • Improved energy metabolism / reduced age-related fatigue
  • Brain cell protection & improved cognitive function
  • Reduced inflammation / decreased risk of age-related chronic diseases
  • Slowed aging
Older couple running; NMN foods may reduce age-related fatigue.
NMN foods may reduce age-related fatigue.

NMN Foods

The body gets NMN from certain foods containing niacin, a B vitamin.

An enzyme called nicotinamide phosphoribosyltransferase (NAMPT) converts niacin into NMN.

NMN Foods-Broccoli in a white bowl.
Broccoli is high in NMN.

Foods high in NMN:

  1. Cucumbers
  2. Avocados
  3. Broccoli
  4. Cabbage
  5. Edamame
  6. Beef
  7. Shrimp
  8. Milk

Other healthy lifestyle factors including exercise, stress management, and quality sleep can increase NAD+.

Older woman hiking; exercise can promote NAD+
Exercise can increase NAD+.

Tips to Add NMN Foods to Your Diet

Avocado toast; NMN Foods
Avocados contain NMN.

Interested in more foods that support healthy aging? Check out “The 10 Best Foods That Tighten Skin“.

What about NMN Supplements?

Researchers suggest that taking NMN supplements may help with age-related symptoms and diseases.

However, the FDA announced in late 2022 that NMN is not allowed as a dietary ingredient because of its prior investigation as a drug.

A quick Google search reveals companies continue to market and sell NMN supplements.

The FDA has warned that these products may be unsafe and should not be taken.

Bottles of nutritional supplements; NMN Foods
NMN supplements were banned by the FDA in 2022.

NAD injections are also a hot topic in healthy aging. Check out this Age-Defying Dietitian blog post – “NAD Injections: Could These Shots Unlock Vitality?

Takeaways on NMN Foods

NMN is a molecule that occurs naturally in our bodies and certain foods. It is the precursor of Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+).

As we get older, our levels of NAD+ decrease, which may contribute to aging and age-related symptoms and diseases.

Including foods high in NMN may support healthy aging by increasing our bodies’ levels of NAD+.

Overhead view of people dining over a table.
NMN foods may support healthy aging.

Hungry for More?

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