4 Ways To Boost Health By Supporting Your Mitochondria
By Dr. Ryan Funk, Dr.TCM, FABORM on Thu, Jun 11 2020
If we were to do one thing to improve our health it would be to improve our health at a cellular level. We can do this by supporting our Mitochondria. Most people don't know anything about these rice looking parts of our cells but they are extremely important. Things like muscle growth, energy, vision and hearing are dependent on healthy mitochondria. If they are not functioning as they should it can even lead to organ failure. So to learn how to achieve a greater level of health, first, we need to learn how Mitochondria support every function of our body.
Inside every cell are a large number of mitochondria called organelles. Each mitochondrion is responsible for creating fuel (in the form of ATP) to allow the cell to function as well as regulate cellular metabolism. When the mitochondria are healthy our cells can function optimally carrying out whatever job it was designed to do. So to keep things simple, mitochondria are responsible for powering every cell and organ in our body. When they are strong they keep our cells and our body at its peak performance. Unfortunately, if the mitochondria have been damaged they no longer produce as much energy and the cellular function suffers.
Mitochondria will slowly deteriorate with age as well as with oxidative stress. Parasites, heavy metals, medications and other lifestyle factors can damage mitochondria through oxidative stress. With these organelles being so important it is imperative that we do all we can to support their functions. This means to both stay away from known toxins which damage them as well as doing more to support them.
Here are 4 ways to support your mitochondria and improve cellular health:
- CoQ10 - This is one of the most well-studied antioxidants that support mitochondrial health and boost fertility. It supports multiple functions in the processes inside of the mitochondria and is a strong antioxidant. This supplement is good for all areas of our health and not just fertility.
- B Vitamins - There are many different B vitamins and a deficiency in any of these will hinder Mitochondrial function. We need all of these to be at optimal levels when our goal is to boost overall mitochondrial health.
- L Carnitine - supports the breakdown of fats into energy which supports the Krebs Cycle (a process which creates energy in Mitochondria).
- NAC - This supplement improves Glutathione levels which support Mitochondria, Detoxification and the immune system.
There are many other supplements that directly and indirectly improve mitochondria. Things like Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Selenium and Melatonin all play a role in supporting Mitochondria health.
We know mitochondria are easily damaged via a process called oxidation. We want to limit this event as much as possible to support and improve the mitochondria. Some foods are known to cause more oxidation than others. Sugar, processed foods, deli meats and preservatives all increase free radicals and oxidative stress. Trying to limit these foods while increasing the supporting foods is important. We all should try to increase antioxidant-rich foods to improve our cellular function. Foods such as avocados, garlic, onions, walnuts, cruciferous vegetables and berries are all superfoods for our mitochondria.
Related Link - Oxidative Stress and Fertility
Laser - Low Level Light Therapy (LLLT) - Photobiomodulation
All of the above names refer to the same treatment. Light therapy which improves Mitochondrial function. At Acubalance we have been using Light Therapy to improve many aspects of our patient's health. We have seen benefits in patients being treated from fertility and pain to skin disorders. Studies have shown many benefits at a cellular level using the laser. Mitochondria support is one of these benefits which shows a boost in Mitochondrial function and production of ATP.
To learn more about how Laser works to improve cellular health and Mitochondrial function here is a link to our site.
Our bodies crave movement and without it, we will never achieve optimal health. Exercise has been shown to help regulate the nervous system, hormones, improve sleep and boost immunity. We also know that exercise boosts mitochondria. Studies have shown even just 6 weeks of exercise supports Mitochondria function and can improve age-related decline.
If you're able to follow some of these suggestions your mitochondria will be able to function at a higher level. Every organ and cell in your body will thank you!
Best of Health
Dr Ryan Funk
Doctor of Chinese Medicine
Fellow of the ABORM