ChromaDex announces Tru Niagen to be available in 3,000 Walmart stores

By Stephen Daniells

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ChromaDex has announced its first major retailer deal for its NAD+ booster Tru Niagen, with the product set to be available in 3,000 Walmart stores across the U.S. beginning in June 2021.

“We believe Tru Niagen is one of the most important new dietary supplements to emerge in many years,”​ says ChromaDex CEO Rob Fried. “We are grateful to Walmart in assisting in our quest to help as many people as possible to Age Better.”

The company will introduce Tru Niagen in two packaging options for Walmart customers, with distinct serving sizes and price points. In addition to in-store availability, these two options will be available online with same-day delivery and in-store pickup options for select locations, said ChromaDex in a press release.


In 2004, Dr Charles Brenner discovered that nicotinamide riboside (NR) is a potent precursor to nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD). NAD is an important cellular co-factor for improvement of mitochondrial performance and energy metabolism.

As organisms age, NAD levels drop, which leads to a decrease in mitochondrial health; this in turn leads to age-related health issues.  By boosting NAD, NR may increase mitochondrial health and induce the creation of new mitochondria.

Niagen, ChromaDex’s branded nicotinamide riboside, has been shown to increase NAD+ levels safely and efficaciously in nine published human trials.

Irvine, CA-based Chromadex has been accumulating the IP surrounding NR for a couple of years, having licensed patents from Cornell University, Dartmouth College, and Washington University in St Louis.

Niagen is supported by two successful NDI notifications (NDIN 882 in 2015 and NDIN 1062 in 2018), as well as a successful GRAS notification (GRN 635​).

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