The Role of Mitochondria in Health
Mitochondria are small organelles located in each cell that are responsible for producing the majority of energy in the body through the Kreb’s cycle. Because of their central role in energy production, the health of mitochondria is key to properly functioning cells and central to human health. The organs that have the highest density of mitochondria are those that require the largest amount of energy – the brain, heart, liver, and kidneys. Healthy mitochondria can support the metabolic activity of these organs; however, if mitochondria are damaged, their ability of these tissues to function may suffer. Loss of functioning mitochondria can create widespread implications. (1-3)
How Can Mitochondria Become Damaged?
It is not one factor, at one point in time that creates mitochondrial damage. Rather, there are a multitude of influential factors that, if not corrected over time, may cause healthy mitochondria to become damaged. (4) These factors include:
How to Maintain or Improve Mitochondrial Health (17)
Katherine Wohl, RDN, LD, IFNCP
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