Mitochondria are the powerhouse of our cells; they perform the function of transforming into usable energy, the calories we consume. It is basically the gene that is responsible for providing energy to the cells in our body.
Mitochondria take carbohydrates i.e. sugar and oxygen and use them to generate the energy required for the performance of our muscles and our heartbeat.
This is why it is important to maintain the quantity and quality of mitochondrial as it can be the key to longevity by extending your lifespan and delaying the process of aging.
However, the functionality of mitochondria starts to deteriorate as we age. The lifespan of an individual mitochondrion can be determined on the basis of the functionality, as well as the number of mitochondria present in the body.
When mitochondrial DNA gets damaged, it tends to become permanent. This happens around a decade after the dysfunction of the mitochondria begins. This damage is reversible but only in the early stages of its occurrence.
Mitochondria create adenosine triphosphate (ATP) which is the vital energy-carrying molecule of the cell. But free radicals, that can damage our health when present in excess, get formed as a byproduct of this process of generating energy.
Free radicals not only lead to oxidative stress, they also act as a destructive force to cellular enzymes that are of high significance to our body. When free radicals destroy the mechanism of our cells, it leads to the creation of mutant cells, the cells that are related to cellular aging and cancer.
There are two main reasons as to why free radicals target mitochondria, they are as follows:
- They lack the majority of the antioxidant defenses that are present in other areas of the cell.
- Their location is the same as the area where the production of free radicals takes place.
When mitochondrial DNA is damaged, the accumulation of this damage can be the cause of metabolic and degenerative disorders such as diabetes and Alzheimer’s.
We have nothing to worry about during our early ages since we are well protected against the deterioration of mitochondria since our bodies generate the necessary substances required to act as a defense mechanism, protecting mitochondria from the attach of free radicals.
But as we grow older, the cells in our body are prone to experiencing changes and changes eventually lead to mitochondria deterioration and destruction. Mitochondria can easily get damaged by infections, stress, allergens and toxins.
This is why we need to watch out for the food that goes into our bodies because if we are successful in maintaining our health, we won’t give in to things that can be damaging and destructive for our body, that are more than capable of leading to quick signs of aging.
The Key To Anti-Aging
Mitochondria nutrition is what can bring us out of the aging process; in fact, it is indeed the key to anti-aging. While mitochondrial damage and dysfunction can be the cause of ill health and quick aging, mitochondrial health and proper functionality can lead to our well-being, reverse signs of aging and promote longevity.
Nutrition from artificial supplements is not as beneficial and effective as the nutrition obtained from natural sources. Hence, we need to keep fueling our bodies with healthy and natural sources to promote natural health to protect mitochondria from the damaging effects of free radicals.
We can rejuvenate our cells by promoting the growth of new mitochondria because when we have more functional mitochondria present in our cells, we can enjoy better overall durability and health.
When we feed our bodies with the proper natural nutrients, our cell membranes get strengthened, but with the absence or lack of essential nutrients, our cell membranes are capable of turning brittle and developing holes.
What this means is that we will lose out on proper functionality and will be unable to protect the DNA of our cells along with the mitochondria that leads to the production of energy within our body.
Protecting Our Mitochondria
If you want to preserve the functionality of your mitochondria, you must learn to protect it from things that can harm its functionality such as cutting down on processed and junk foods, empty calories and sugar in excessive amounts.
One way to ensure the protection of your mitochondria is to eat the essential nutrients because they will provide a strong source of vitality, health and energy to your cells. Cells that are weak or damaged steal away your youthful look and make you appear dull and as though you’ve aged before your time.
But when your cells are functioning well and radiating with energy and vitality, you will not on feel, but look younger too. This is why mitochondria, or rather, the gene behind the mitochondria, is referred to as the longevity gene.
Our cell membranes need vibrancy and health so that our mitochondria can be secured and protected and we can experience youth and longevity. We can do so by taking in certain essential nutrients associated with the good health of our cells.
These particular nutrients also happen to be the things mitochondria thrives on and are listed below:
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Vitamins A and C are also extremely helpful in restoring the health of our cells. The following chapters will shed some light on the exact nutrients in greater detail so that you can gain a better understanding of the importance of the longevity gene and how you can obtain it.