Mitochondria are one of the most important organelles in our cells. They are the producers of ATP (adenosine triphosphate) energy, so often referred to as the powerhouses of the cells. They help to turn the food that we consume into energy.
Mitochondria are present in every cell of our body.
Besides energy production, they also play a role in cell death, called apoptosis. They decide which cells should be destroyed, if they become broken or cancerous.
Mitochondria help in absorption of calcium ions and holding them until they are needed.
Mitochondria can also assist the body to generate heat by using brown fat tissue.
Mitochondrial structure is very complex, but one thing that is very important is that in the inner membrane of the mitochondria, called the matrix, there are hundreds of enzymes crucial in the production of energy (ATP). Mitochondrial DNA is also housed in the matrix.
Cells of the body that require the most energy, have greater numbers of mitochondria.
Mitochondria provide energy for the sperm cells (tail movement) that is so important for fertility.
Mitochondria are so important for our health that it is necessary to support them.
There are many ways to support our mitochondrial health:
- Walk outside for at least 15 to 20 minutes per day
- Do deep breathing exercises in the morning and before bed
- Juice fasts and clean nutrition
- Supplements-there are variety of supplements on the market that contain Ubiquinol, Liposomal Vitamin C, Vitamin D3 and K2, Turmeric, Resveratrol and certain B vitamins.
For more information about mitochondrial health, specific supplements and dosing, consult your naturopathic practitioner.
***The aging process depends on mitochondrial health, so take care of them and stay young***