Elevation of blood NAD level after moderate exercise in young women and mice

J Nutr Sci Vitaminol (Tokyo). 2001 Apr;47(2):177-9. doi: 10.3177/jnsv.47.177.


We previously reported that the blood NAD levels are decreased by severe exercise, and administration of nicotinamide, a precursor of NAD, improves the endurance capacity of mice. In the present study, we determined whether moderate exercise changes the blood NAD levels in humans and mice. College female students exercised moderately with bike-ergometers. The blood NAD levels elevated after moderate exercise. Mice were forced to swim in a running water pool for 5 min as a moderate exercise, 15 min as a strong exercise, and until exhaustion as a severe exercise (average swimming time was 28.7 min). A 5 min swim gave a result similar to that of moderate exercise by human subjects. However, the blood NAD levels decreased after all-out exercise. The changes in whole blood tryptophan (a precursor of pyridine nucleotides) levels were similar to that in NAD. The glucose levels in whole blood and the non-esterified fatty acid levels in serum decreased according to exercising time. These data are the first demonstration of moderate exercise raising the blood NAD levels in human and mice. Elevation of the blood NAD levels may reflect changes in niacin metabolism that occur in response to exercise.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Animals
  • Exercise / physiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred ICR
  • NAD / blood*
  • NAD / pharmacokinetics
  • NADP / blood
  • Physical Exertion / physiology
  • Tryptophan / blood


  • NAD
  • NADP
  • Tryptophan