Feeding the Mitochondria

I read this book this week:

Life – The Epic Story of Our Mitochondria: How the Original Probiotic Dictates Your Health, Illness, Ageing, and Even Life Itself

I wanted to learn how to take care of my cells… how to help my body to have more energy. I’m pretty sure I learned a lot of this info before, but obviously I hadn’t been following the protocol and needed a refresher.

Basically, our mitochondria are the energy packs that fuel our cells – the batteries.

They get their fuel from fatty acids.

L-carnitine helps transport the fatty acids to the cells.

D-ribose is also food for mitochondria. Your body can make it, but it takes weeks to make some – a scoop of d-ribose can provide instant relief to struggling mitochondria.

A reaction between coQ10 and oxygen (so watch out if you have anemia), cause the electrons to transfer between the mitochondria – this is the energy happening.

Exercise helps prevent a backup of ATP. A backup of ATP causes oxidation.

Creatine helps recycle ATP.

B-vitamins help everything work the way it’s supposed to.

A supplement called PPQ, which might be an unknown b-vitamin, can help your body make NEW mitochondria.

It’s a lot more complicated than that, but that’s the gist of it.

More: http://www.lifeextension.com/Magazine/2010/2/Reverse-Mitochondrial-Damage/Page-01



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