What is Mitochondria?
Many moons ago, before we had oxygen in our atmosphere there were bacteria and organelles in the oceans. One day Mrs Mito Chondria said to the bacterial cell - shall we join forces, I think we could help each other and make some life. So Mrs Mito Chondria jumped into the cell and they joined forces.
Of course there is more to it than that, and there are many speculations, but the now renamed organelle to Mitochondria has turned out to be the powerhouse of all cells, except red blood cells where mitochondria is not found. This is how life started on our beautiful planet. Based on that you are actually related to dinosaurs, fruit flies and even trees. Yes ALL living entities have mitochondria. The reason why trees and plants can't walk is because they don't have cholesterol, which of course is essential for life.
Mitochondria has a different DNA to the cells in your body. Yes you have two DNA's. You always inherit your mother's mitochondrial DNA.
The cells Powerhouse
Mitochondria supply the bulk of energy that cells require to keep them alive and well. This chemical form of energy produced by the mitochondria is called adenosine triphosphate (or ATP).
ATP is the body's main source of energy and is used by cells to perform important functions, such as muscle contraction and cell division. In order for the mitochondria to produce the energy/ fuel for the cells it needs energy itself and that comes from an enzyme called
Coenzyme Q10 (coQ10). This is produced by the body however the real food eaten on a Ketogenic diet will enhance and aid the uptake of coQ10.
As you age (beyond 40) your body's ability to produce coQ10 reduces. We will advice you on supplements when you visit the Clinic.
CoQ10 which is an antioxidant will aid with the following -
- Lower risk of Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and other neurological disorders
- Decrease in cardiovascular death
- Improves skin and reduces wrinkles, increases longevity
- Promotes fertility
- Reduces migraines
- and much more...........
Do you by now think that coQ10 is important? It produces the ATP for the cells so that it can be healthy and in fact give you life.
If you take Statins - a very large word of warning!!! Statins reduce the production of coQ10 (among many other nasty side effects)
Conclusion The cells needs energy in the form of ATP, especially from antioxidants. The mitochondria will produce the ATP but only if it can get enough coQ10.