By Kai Man Yuen, MitoQ Medical and Scientific Affairs Specialist
Many of us know that eating a well-balanced diet (along with exercising regularly and getting adequate sleep) is good for your overall health. But how does that really contribute? First we must look microscopically into ourselves.
Every part of your body from your beating heart to your digestive system is made of cells - the smallest structural and functional unit of an organism. Our human body is made up of trillions of these things. They can provide structure for our body, take in nutrients from food, convert that into energy and carry out a specialized function (for example beating your heart). Therefore, cellular health and overall health go hand in hand.
Our bodies are amazing
Your body is amazing, but for you to keep it running at optimal you need to provide it with nutrients. While our bodies can make nutrients, there are some that need to be obtained from a dietary source because our body cannot make them or cannot produce them in sufficient quantities for good health. These are called essential nutrients. There are six main groups of essential nutrients (protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals and water). This is very vital for our overall health.
Healthy Cells and Your Immune System
Having healthy cells also influences your immune system. Studies have shown that both a healthy eating pattern and sleep can support a well-functioning immune system. Nutrients may influence the immune cells in many ways, while sufficient sleep helps support the production of cytokines (important proteins for cell signaling), which help create an immune response.
Mitochondria Power Healthy Cells
Mitochondria, cellular health and overall health are interlinked as well. Mitochondria (also known as the “powerhouse of the cell”), need carbohydrates, lipids and proteins from our diet, along with the air we breathe to form the primary energy cells need to function. Without this energy, the cells in our bodies cannot do the processes needed to keep us going. This is why mitochondrial membrane potential (a biomarker for cell energy synthesis) and production of free radicals are measured in humans when looking into overall health.
Mitochondria need antioxidants to help reduce free radicals that are also produced when cell energy is made – one of which is CoQ10. Unfortunately, production of this antioxidant can start to slow down as we age. This is where MitoQ can help support your mitochondria. Regular CoQ10 antioxidants are too big to get inside the mitochondrial membrane effectively where it is needed most. MitoQ overcomes this by being smaller and being positively charged. Mitochondria are negatively charged, causing the positively charged MitoQ to attract itself into the mitochondria, up to 1000x more effectively compared to regular un-targeted CoQ10.
By looking after your mitochondria, MitoQ in turn supports good cellular health, which ultimately helps with good overall health. Have you considered what’s happening in your cells and how the things you do every day can impact something so small in your body?