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NADH: Energy Incarnate

NADH: Energy Incarnate

Thursday, June 17th 2004

Three generations of Birkmayers have dedicated their lives to solving some of the most serious diseases - Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and depression. Now, recent studies show that people with the misunderstood chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) may have new hope, thanks again to Dr Birkmayer.

The study done by Georgetown University on nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NADH), a co-enzyme found in all living cells revealed that a "significant number of patients with CFS showed marked improvement".

George Birkmayer, clinical director of Birkmayer Institute for Parkinson's Therapy and the chairman of Birkmayer Pharmaceuticals and Birkmayer Laboratories believes in research and spent a small fortune to sponsor clinical trials for his products.

In addition to the CFS study, a current study by the Nicholas Institute OF Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma at Lenox Hill Hospital showed that NADH had applications for endurance athletes as well. By taking 5mg of the co-enzyme daily, the study group showed improved oxygen capacity, decreased reaction time and great mental acuity and alertness. "That is why we call it the energy co-enzyme," Dr Birkmayer said. "Anyone can take it and will have increased energy. There have been no reported adverse side effects from NADH and it's even safe to take along with antidepressants".

His explanation is backed by clinical studies. Ongoing tests include studies on attention deficit disorder in children and depression.

"NADH is a very potent antioxidant, one of the most potent ones," Birkmayer said. "You hear a lot about vitamin C, which is very important, but it's much further down the scale than NADH. And beta-carotene is even further down, when you measure antioxidants by chemical methods."

Walter Birkmayer, a leading researcher on L-Dopamine in the 1950's and 60's and its effects on brain injured people, asked his son George, to come up with a substance to help Parkinson's patients. George suggested NADH, as it is involved in L-dopa production in the body.

"It worked in the very first patient," George Birkmayer said. "And it worked in the next five too." The problem was that it was unstable and had to be given by injection in a clinical situation.

"It took us three years of research to come up with a formulation that was stable for a longer period of time." Stabilised, oral NADH, was patented in 1993 as ENADA.

In addition to its applications for Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases, NADH has been effective in:

  • Protecting the liver from alcohol damage
  • Lowering blood cholesterol levels
  • Protecting against cellular damage of AZT


The average person can benefit from NADH taken as a daily supplement. It energises body and brain activity, improves alertness, concentration, emotions, drive and overall mood. Birkmayer said people seeking nutritional energy enhancement can obtain excellent results with 2.5 to 5mg daily.

"NADH is a safe, natural compound that has shown much promise," concluded Henry Pruess, M.D. from Georgetown University Medical Center.

Reproduced unabridged from the April - June 2004 issue of Health and Herbal News, with the kind permission of Health and Herbs International Ltd.

Footnote from Ideal Health:

The following products are all useful for Energy:

5-HTP 120mg
B Max
Complete Antioxidant
Enzogenol with ACE and Selenium
Enzogenol 120mg
Fish Oil 1500mg - Odourless
Ginseng 5 Exhaustion Relief
Good Green Stuff
Multi Power
Opti CoQ10 150mg
Lecithin 1200
Pure Vitality Deer Velvet
Recharge & Relax
Super B Daily Stress + B
Super Multi Plus
Superior Iron

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