The interesting debate in the UK about three parent children or baby underlies the massive impact that mitochondria have on our health and life. For those at risk of being born with poorly functioning mitochondria this is a very serious, significant and potentially life changing debate.
What do Mitochondria have to do with it?
Mitochondria are responsible for delivering energy to our cells along with many other functions that keep our cells regulated and healthy. When things go wrong with mitochondria it can have ongoing ramifications on our health. For the babies that are the subject of this debate there is a chance that things will go wrong with their mitochondria from day one. But for the rest of us born with good mitochondria we live on a knife edge that many don't know exists. The knife edge where mitochondrial function can go wrong at any time, at any speed and in any part of the body at any time.
Many diseases and conditions appear to be unrelated to mitochondria, but if you peel back the layers and look deep enough then it is very likely that dysfunctional mitochondria are involved. Scientists now count 200 diseases and conditions linked to mitochondrial dysfunction ... how many more are waiting in the wings to be connected?
And even if you have the good fortune to have full vitality and health you still have to contend with decreasing mitochondrial function as you age.
Mitochondria, like everything in life, slowly wear out and decrease in activity. In the case of mitochondria this decrease in activity can have quite a significant effect on your health and well being.
Imagine a car engine working on half its cylinders and you have a reasonably good picture of what it is like to be 60 and your cells not having enough energy to do everything they used to do when they were younger. In fact if you were powered by a V8 engine your would be losing the equivalent of one cylinder of power a decade from the age of 30.
This loss of cellular energy and function manifests in many of the diseases and conditions we normally associate with older age - blood pressure, memory issues, poor circulation, slow recovery from injury, more infections and a general reduction in energy.
So what can you do to safeguard and support their mitochondrial health?
1. Diet plays an important part
Visit Dr Terry Wahl’s site to learn more about a diet that supports your mitochondria and read about her incredible story.
2. Have a closer look at the common medicines that can impact mitochondria.
These include but are not limited to
- valproic acid,
- aminoglycoside antibiotics,
What is MitoQ?
MitoQ has been the subject of over 350 peer reviewed papers and over 60 million dollars of research into its effect across a range of conditions and diseases. It is an exciting development because, for the first time ever, we are now able to deliver antioxidant protection into the mitochondria in meaningful levels and this supports optimal mitochondrial function.