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The Clinical Effects of Nicotinamide Riboside on Inflammatory Parameters

Current Developments in Nutrition

June 14, 2022

Kwon, Jun


The objective of this study was to investigate the clinical evidence of NR's mitigation of inflammation in humans. We identified 5 clinical trials of oral NR supplementation that measured inflammation. There was substantial heterogeneity in inflammatory endpoints evaluated. NR dose and treatment duration ranged from 1–2 g/day and 5-d– 6-wks, respectively. Participants varied in age (18–78 years) and health status. In one study, NR was given as part of a nutritional cocktail, while NR was the sole intervention in the remaining studies. Of the 3 studies assessing circulating inflammatory markers, two investigated IL-6 and reported significant reductions in its levels with NR treatment, while effects on MCP-1 and TNF-α were inconsistent. NR significantly lowered gene expression of IL-6 and IL-18, but not NLRP3 or IL-1B in peripheral blood mononuclear cells in one study...Preliminary evidence suggests that NR may improve some inflammatory measures, with potential for more robust effects among populations with compromised NAD + and higher inflammation status, e.g., elderly or diseased...

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