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This body function is on a small cellular scale. Building health and energy comes from optimization for your mitochondria.
What are mitochondria? What is mitochondria function?
Mitochondria are “small bodies” within your cells. They are the energy factories of your cells.
They act like a “digestive system” which takes nutrients into the cell, breaks them down, and creates energy for the cell. The biochemical processes of the cell are known as cellular respiration. Many of the reactions involved in cellular respiration happen in the mitochondria. Mitochondria keep the cell full of energy.
Mitochondria float free throughout the cell. Some cells have several thousand mitochondria while others have none. For instance, muscle cells need a lot of energy so they have a lot of mitochondria. Neurons (cells that transmit nerve impulses) don’t need as many. If a cell feels it is not getting enough energy to survive, more mitochondria can be created. It depends on the needs of the cell.
If mitochondria aren’t functioning properly, your cells aren’t fed. All of the energy you make stems from these tiny machines.
Diet, lifestyle, and environmental toxins can all stop the mitochondria from functioning properly, leaving you ill or fatigued.
What can slow down these energy producing machines?
Some contributors to mitochondrial damage include environmental toxins, toxins in your food, poor diet that includes refined carbohydrates and added sugars, etc. The result could be inflammation, and other conditions like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, infertility, or neural degeneration.
To restore optimal function, consider a regimen that avoids packaged, processed foods and take healthy supplements. As well, incorporate light exercise and proper breathing.
How to avoid Mitochondria Damage?
As with any cell in the body, healthy Mitochondria need specific nutrients to work right – especially vitamin B1 (thiamin) and magnesium. These two nutrients are the main fuel igniters and act as the spark plug that allows your food or stored fat to be burned as energy.
Dr. Berg's "Mitochoniria Energy"
Mitochondria Energy contains two food-based non-synthetic versions of B1 (thiamin). We have added a third special version of vitamin B1 called benfotiamine which is fat soluble so it can penetrate your organs more deeply. Benfotiamine is able to penetrate brain and nerve tissue 25 times more than the water-soluble version of B1 can.
Both vitamin B1 and magnesium are vital in protecting, supporting and maintaining mitochondrial function. They are co-factors or helper nutrients essential for enzyme function. There are many things that cause deficiencies for these mini-factories, the most common being the typical high-carbohydrate diet that leaves your cellular energy reserves empty.
Our Magnesium and Potassium Krebs Cycle Powders are designed to enhance absorption and utilization of nutrients by the body.* These Krebs Cycle minerals are included in Mitochondria Energy to assist the chemical pathways of energy within the mitochondria.
*SPECIAL NOTE: The Krebs cycle is the common chemical pathway for converting carbohydrates, fats, and proteins into chemical energy. The body uses about 95% of these key nutrients in energy production.
We have added alpha lipoic acid, one of the most important and powerful antioxidants, to help counter free-radical damage of the mitochondria.
We have included natural vitamins and minerals from non-GMO fruits and vegetables, while keeping the carbohydrates very low. These nutrients help support a synergistic approach, to ensure your cells are getting what they need to produce energy.
Nutritional yeast is included as a food-based source of additional B vitamins, trace minerals and amino acids.
Vitamin A from carrots
Vitamin C from oranges, blueberry, cranberry, apple, beets and strawberry
Vitamin D from shitake mushrooms
Vitamin E from tomato
Vitamin K1 from spinach
Vitamin B1 (thiamine) from oranges
as thiamine pyrophosphate
Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) from broccoli
Vitamin B3 (niacin) from tomato
Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) from shitake mushrooms
Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) from carrots
Vitamin B7 (biotin) from spinach and shitake mushrooms
Vitamin B9 (folate) from spinach and beets
Vitamin B12 as methylcobalamin
Magnesium from Magnesium Krebs Cycle Powder
Potassium from Potassium Krebs Cycle Powder and from beets
Alpha lipoic acid
Proprietary whole food blend: spinach, broccoli, carrot, beet, tomato, shitake mushroom, apple, cranberry, orange, blueberry and strawberry
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*Studies from PubMed.gov
Microbe-mitochondrion crosstalk and health
Mitochondria: in sickness and in health.
Neurodegeneration as a consequence of failed mitochondrial maintenance
Cell Biology of the Mitochondrion
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