Mitochondria are microscopic energy production centers located in each cell of the body, except red blood cells. Each cell contains several thousand tiny mitochondria. Thus, the body contains thousands of trillions of microscopic energy production factories! When mitochondria fail to produce sufficient energy, a wide variety of disorders may potentially develop, perhaps affecting the brain, nerves, muscles, eyes, ears, heart, liver, kidneys, and pancreas. Mitochondrial diseases include: autism, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Lou Gehrig’s, muscular dystrophy, cancer, and even diabetes.
“We suggest that decline in mitochondrial energy metabolism, enhanced mitochondrial oxidative stress, and accumulation of mtDNA mutations are important contributors to human aging.” (Mitochondria and Aging)
Are Mitochondrial Diseases Inherited?
Yes, mitochondrial diseases may be inherited. Each year thousands of children in the United States are born with a mitochondrial disease. Since mitochondria produce about 90% of the energy used in the body, insufficient energy production results in improper function of most organs. Mitochondrial diseases may develop at any age, in addition to the possibility of being inherited.
Genes contain DNA, which is the blueprint that gives each person their unique characteristics. Normally, a person inherits genes in pairs, one gene from each parent. A person with a mitochondrial disease does not receive normal genes, but mutated genes.
- Autosomal recessive inheritance: receiving one mutated copy of a gene from each parent.
- Autosomal dominant inheritance: receiving one mutated copy of a gene from either parent.
- Mitochondrial inheritance: mitochondrial DNA mutation.
- Random mutations: not inherited from a parent.
What are Symptoms?
A person’s symptoms may range from mild to severe, involve one or more organs, and can occur at any age.1
- Muscle weakness, muscle pain, low muscle tone, exercise intolerance
- Vision and/or hearing problems
- Learning disabilities, delays in development, mental retardation
- Autism, autism-like features
- Heart, liver or kidney diseases
- Gastrointestinal disorders, swallowing difficulties, diarrhea or constipation, unexplained vomiting, cramping, reflux
- Increased risk of infection
- Neurological problems, seizures, migraines, strokes
- Movement disorders
- Thyroid problems
- Respiratory problems
- Lactic acidosis
What Supports Mitochondria?
Good nutrition is very important in maintaining the manufacture of healthy mitochondria. Each mitochondrion is filled with thousands of biochemical assembly lines, producing molecules called adenosine triphosphate (ATP), fuel for the body. Simply said, cells require an abundance of nutrients to be able to manufacture an abundance of energy.
Excellent digestion is essential in supporting the production of mitochondria energy. Enzymes break down carbohydrates, fats, and proteins into minute particles capable of entering the cell wall. When food particles are not digested completely, they remain too large to be capable of passing through the cell wall to provide nutrients to mitochondria. Poor assimilation of nutrients is a root cause of mitochondria malfunction.
CoQ10 lines the inner membrane of mitochondria, so almost all energy production depends upon an adequate supply. CoQ10 is part of the electron transport chain in creating ATP (fuel). Biotics Research provides an emulsified form of CoQ10, making it easily assimilated by cells. It also acts as a powerful free radical scavenger, reducing oxidative cellular damage. CoQ10 is found in high concentrations in organs needing lots of energy: heart, brain, kidneys, and liver. CoQ10 deficiency has been found to be a link to many degenerative disorders. There is evidence that a CoQ10 deficiency may progress from causing fatigue to permanent DNA damage in as little as ten years.
Protein and Nutrients
Adequate protein consumption is vital in supporting strong mitochondria development. Simply consuming protein does not guarantee its cellular absorption and usability. A typical person past the age of forty benefits tremendously from taking supplemental enzymes, which are destroyed in the cooking process. Details are found in the post, “Enzymes for Life Energy.”
Besides requiring adequate protein (amino acids), mitochondria require a wide range of vitamins (especially B’s and D), minerals, and essential fatty acids. All highly processed foods are toxic to mitochondria, triggering inflammation and allergic reactions. Raw nuts and seeds provide essential fatty acids. Include a wide variety of organic vegetables and fruits in your diet, providing abundant mitochondria nutrients.
Negative Air Ions Stimulate Mitochondria
During an animal clinical study, certain animals were given shots of adrenalin to stimulate hyper-function and stress in their bodies. Upon breathing negative air ions, the animals’ mitochondria function was stimulated, bringing the animals back to homeostasis and relaxation. See the post, “Indoor Air Safety” for more information about a good negative ion generator and its benefits.
PowerStrips provide mitochondrial nourishment through open cell Marine Phytoplankton and Fermented Ginseng, both being completely cell permeable. The outer layer of germanium crystals of the PowerStrip stimulates light production, which in turn increases the rate of energy production for speedy recovery of issues. See “Charts” on the top menu bar for strategic placement of PowerStrips to enhance production of energy in any low energy area of the body needing support. When an abundance of mitochondria are produced, the aging process is slowed down.