Amount per 600mg vegi capsule:
Arjuna Bark 100mg
Coffee Berry 100mg
DHA (from Algae) 200mg
Magnesium Threonate 100mg
Other ingredients: Colloidal Silicon Dioxide
- No fillers
- No preservatives
Directions to use: Take 3 capsules daily with your morning meals.
Warning: Do not use if on blood-thinning medications.
More about Mitochondria
Mitochondria are tiny double membrane-bound organelles found in almost every cell of all organisms except bacteria. Known as the “powerhouse of the cell” they are primarily responsible for converting the air we breathe and the food we eat into energy that our cells can use to grow, divide and function. Mitochondria produce energy by turning glucose and oxygen into a chemical called ATP (Adenosine triphosphate).
When mitochondria produce ATP, they produce by-products known as free radicals, which, if not kept in check, can react with (oxidise) and damage other parts of the cell such as the mitochondrial membranes and the cell’s DNA. When this happens, mitochondria can become inefficient at producing energy, DNA can become corrupted, and the cell cannot perform its various tasks as it should. This “oxidative stress” can cause a person to suffer from low energy levels and can lead to potentially serious health conditions. It is also thought to be a major contributor to the aging process itself.
There are several different types of natural antioxidant molecules inside mitochondria (and the rest of the cell) which neutralize these harmful free radicals and protect the cellular machinery from damage.
Healthy people with young mitochondria produce lots of energy and there are plenty of natural antioxidants to fight free radical damage. However, as a person ages, mitochondria begin to decline in function and they produce less antioxidants to fight oxidative stress. A person doesn’t have the energy they once had, it takes longer to recover from illness or injury and the visible signs of aging start to appear. The same happens in many health conditions too, which can lead to low energy levels and can even cause cells to start to die off as they become too damaged. This is especially important in the cells of our vital organs such as our brains, hearts and livers; and can lead to serious health conditions which significantly impact our quality of life.
Why Mitochondria Matter
Each person has quadrillions (thousands of trillions) of these energy factories in their bodies. Each mitochondrion is filled with some 17,000 biochemical assembly lines, all designed to produce a molecule called adenosine triphosphate, or ATP – the bodies’ major, most elemental fuel. The more energy a tissue or organ needs for optimal function, the more mitochondria its cells contain. Mitochondria are especially abundant in the cells that make up our hearts, brains, and muscles.
The density and health of the mitochondria in the organs and muscles are a reflection of your current level of health and fitness. (Lean muscle tissue contains a lot more mitochondria than fat does, and a healthy heart has more mitochondria than a weak one.) The more healthy mitochondria the body contains, the better a person will feel and the metabolism will be strong.
When the mitochondria produce ATP certain by products are produced such as carbon dioxide, water, and free radicals. Free radicals are charged, highly active molecules that circulate in the body, reacting with tissue. In moderation, free radicals can help us fight infection. In excess, however, they wreak havoc, damaging cell tissue, eroding our bodies, and causing runaway inflammation.
The health implications of such mitochondria-related damage can be far-reaching. Children who are born with genetic defects that negatively affect their mitochondria, can suffer negative effects that can include loss of motor control, muscle weakness and pain, gastrointestinal disorders, difficulty in swallowing, poor growth, cardiac disease, liver disease, type 2 diabetes, respiratory complications, seizures, visual or hearing problems, developmental delays, and susceptibility to infection.
People who start life with healthy mitochondria can damage and deplete them through stress, sedentary lifestyles, free-radical damage, and exposure to infections, allergens, and toxins which have a negative effect on mitochondrial function. But one of the main reasons the mitochondria deteriorate, is that people eat too much poor-quality foods and not enough healthy ones. The empty calories of sugars, flours, and other processed foods force mitochondria to burn through a great deal of junk – generating free radicals and inflammation before useful nutrients can be extracted. The glycemic impact of such foods that are high in trans fats, chemical additives, and other additives make the damage even worse. Unless the diet is not high enough with phytonutrients, antioxidants, healthy fats, proteins, and fibre, the body does not get the basic tools needed to repair the damage.
The overfeeding and undernourishing of the mitochondria lead to the epidemics of obesity and type 2 diabetes
The overworked pancreas produces so much insulin that it may ‘burn out’ – or, alternatively, overwhelm the receptors on cell membranes until they become resistant to insulin and unable to transport it to the cells’ mitochondria for energy production.
Mitochondrial damage have profound negative affect on human health and may lead to Multiple Sclerosis, Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia, Heart Disease, Cancer, Diabetes etc.