Mitochondria: Your Power Source

Have you ever wondered where your energy comes from? Your body makes energy from the food you eat and the oxygen you breathe. But it’s not as simple as energy in = energy out. It’s up to your cells to convert that fuel into useful energy. That’s what your mitochondria do.

What Are Mitochondria?

Your mitochondria are like tiny power plants within your cells. They use oxygen and calories as fuel to create the energy your body runs on, known as ATP (adenosine-5’-triphosphate). You have mitochondria in almost all your body’s cells, but they’re especially concentrated in the parts of you that require the most energy, namely your brain, heart, and muscles.

How much energy you have really depends on how well your mitochondria are functioning. When we are young and our mitochondria are strong, we have plenty of power to keep our brains, hearts, muscles, and nerves working without flagging. As we get older, though, things change.

Mitochondria: Your Power Source

The Sad Truth About Mitochondria and Aging

You may have noticed that with age, our bodies produce energy less efficiently. Like an older car, we get less mileage from our fuel. This is because our mitochondria naturally tend to decline with age — both in number and activity. As a result, our cells have less energy to run on, making us feel more mentally and physically sluggish.

In fact, the decline of our mitochondria is closely linked with the aging process. As we age, our little power plants show the impact of oxidative stress, environmental toxins, and nutritional deficiencies that accumulate over time. Then, our battle-worn mitochondria become part of the problem and contribute to cellular aging.

Think about that old car again. An inefficient engine not only produces less energy, but it burns less “clean,” producing more waste byproducts. Once our mitochondria become impaired, they provide less energy for our cells, but they also create more oxidative stress as a byproduct. That increase in oxidative stress ages our cells faster, creating a vicious cycle.

Renewing Your Power

The good news is that there are things you can do to fuel and protect your mitochondria. According to Dr. Joseph Pizzorno, a highly respected functional medicine doctor, the most important things you can do are to: optimize nutrient status, decrease toxin exposure, build muscle mass, utilize nutrients that facilitate mitochondrial ATP production, and provide nutrients that protect the mitochondria from oxidative stress.[1] The last two are exactly what Natural Factors’ new RegenerLife™ formula is designed to do. This breakthrough supplement is made with clinically studied nutritional compounds that optimize mitochondrial health and function to help you maintain your energy, heart health, and cognitive function as you age.*

 

Step 1: Fuel

Supporting your mitochondria starts with making sure they have the right fuel to do their job. That’s where acetyl-L-carnitine and CoQ10 come in.

Acetyl-L-carnitine is an amino acid commonly found in muscle cells. Think of it like an energy taxi, helping transport fatty acids (the fuel) into the mitochondria (the power plants).* Once the fuel arrives, CoQ10 is part of the factory machinery that transforms it into ATP (the energy).*

When we’re young and healthy, our bodies naturally produce these nutrients in healthy amounts; but as we age, our levels of acetyl-L-carnitine and CoQ10 decline. That’s why Natural Factors’ RegenerLife formula starts with providing clinically supported levels of both to replenish your mitochondria and support cellular energy production.*

Other nutrients have also been shown to support ATP production. One of the most exciting ingredients in RegenerLife is ElevATP, an award-winning blend of trace minerals and plant polyphenols from ancient peat and apple. This unique combo has been clinically shown to increase levels of ATP in the blood and boost athletic performance.[2] The fact that it does so without increasing oxidative stress suggests an improvement in mitochondrial function.*

 

Step 2: Protect

Keeping our mitochondria healthy as we age means protecting them against damage from oxidative stress (otherwise known as free radical damage).* Two of the most powerful antioxidants our bodies produce for this purpose are glutathione and superoxide dismutase.*

Glutathione is found in nearly every cell in the body, where it helps neutralize free radicals and assists the body in detoxifying harmful toxins before they can trigger oxidative stress.* Glutathione has been called the “master antioxidant” because it can also help regenerate other antioxidants in the body, including vitamins C and E, after they’ve become spent.* Superoxide dismutase (SOD) is the main antioxidant enzyme in cells, where it forms the frontline of defense against oxidative stress that can damage mitochondria and trigger cellular aging.*[3]

Age, stress, and exposure to toxins tend to deplete these antioxidant defenses, leaving our mitochondria more vulnerable to damage. That’s why RegenerLife includes clinically tested forms of glutathione and SOD to help replenish these crucial antioxidants.

 Remember CoQ10? In addition to transforming fatty acids into energy, it has a bonus benefit to your mitochondria. It’s also a powerful antioxidant, protecting mitochondrial DNA from oxidative stress.* That’s important, because mitochondrial DNA is 10 times more susceptible to oxidation than regular DNA.[4]



Making It Taste Good

Of course, all these powerful ingredients only work if you actually take them. And what better way to entice you than to combine them into a delicious, watermelon-flavored drink powder that’s gently sweetened with stevia? Use it to create a refreshing daily ritual that optimizes your mitochondrial function, giving you more energy, better sleep, support for cognitive and brain function, and overall increased quality of life.*

 

Drink up!

 

 

References:

[1] Pizzorno J. Mitochondria—Fundamental to Life and Health. Integr Med (Encinitas). 2014 Apr; 13(2):8-15. PMCID: PMC4684129.

[2] Joy, Jordan M et al. Ancient peat and apple extracts supplementation may improve strength and power adaptations in resistance trained men. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2016 Jul 18;16:224. doi:10.1186/s12906-016-1222-x

[3] Younus, H. Therapeutic potentials of superoxide dismutase. Int J Health Sci. May-Jun 2018;12(3):88-93. PMCID: PMC5969776.

[4] Singh G, et al. F1000Res. 2015 Jul 1;4:176. doi: 10.12688/f1000research.6665.1.