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What Is Mitochondria and How To Optimize It For Health?


We’ve learned the importance of gut health, and this time, we’re going to explore another vital parts of our body so tiny, yet so vital for critical processes a the cellular level. Let’s meet mitochondria! This is a biology term, which according to Nature;

Mitochondria are unusual organelles. They act as the power plants of the cell, are surrounded by two membranes, and have their own genome. They also divide independently of the cell in which they reside, meaning mitochondrial replication is not coupled to cell division.

To make explain what is mitochondria and its functions, let’s take a look at it closely and quickly using visuals. It is vital to understand what is the primary function of mitochondria before we go deeper into it.

If you haven’t watched the video above, please watch it now prior to proceeding further. Make sure you have a good overview what is it, and although the next video explains it briefly, you want to have a clearer understanding the second time you hear the explanation. This is not an in-depth article in mitochondria, but I will put another video towards the end of this article, which explains mitochondria in details.

For now, let’s watch a full interview with Dr. Ronda Patrick with Dr. Joseph Mercola. Also, Dr. Patrick also has a regular podcast which is available on iTunes. So, if you’re interested in learning more about her topics, listen to her podcasts.

This video interview just released by Dr. Mercola a few days ago, and every time Dr. Mercola released a video it has full of amazing information about health and wellness. This video is one packed with practical information that anyone can apply to maintain good health. Dr. Patrick talked many things about the mitochondria from its basic functions to its role in cancer. In addition, she also recommends taking supplementations in order to optimize mitochondrial function. If you want to specifically learn this, it’s on 35:45 timeline within the video.

Exercise (at 43:47 timeline in the video) is also mentioned interview in order to stimulate the mitochondria. We know that excessive sitting is bad for health, and this where exercise plays a vital role in order to keep the mitochondria working. Dr. Patrick mentioned in this interview that when you exercise, you are forcing mitochondria to work harder. The byproducts(reactive oxygen species) produced when the mitochondria work harder is vital as it’s a signaling molecule to make more mitochondria. Dr. Mercola also wrote an article along with this interview that you might want to read, as well.

This video is almost an hour long, so I think it’s better to grab a cup of joe, or tea while watching the interview. Of course, if you want, you can take note some the important points that grab your interest particularly the supplementation which Dr. Patrick mentioned. Click the play button on the video and start watching…

Among the supplementation in which Dr. Patrick recommends include; B Vitamins like B12 and folate, Magnesium, and Ubiquinol(reduced version of CoQ10). As always both doctors recommend high-quality whole foods as part of a typical diet. Plant-based foods particularly greens are rich in magnesium and many other vitamins and minerals. However, always keep in mind to stay away from genetically modified produced, or GMO. Also, as Dr. Patrick mentioned, some people might need supplementation and also those who are not getting enough nutrients from their diet like magnesium.

Mitochondria and GMO

In the video timeline 34:50, Dr. Mercola mentioned about GMO, and a year ago, Jeffrey Smith interviewed two experts on GMO (Stephanie Seneff and Dr. Alex Vasquez) on how it negatively affects mitochondrial function. Here’s the video interview conducted over a year ago. I think the video was first seen back in Nov. 2014. I’ve included this topic because I’m connecting the dots here that in order to boost and maintain good mitochondrial function, it’s not just whole foods we eat, but we have to be careful on choosing the foods. So, it may be difficult for some people, but the recommendation is to eat organically produced fruits and vegetables.

As mentioned at the beginning of the article, a video with a more in-depth lecture on mitochondria will be included. This video covered the history back as far as 4 billion years ago when the first cell was born. It’s an interesting talk especially if you’re a student who wants to learn more about mitochondria, its history and function. However, for those health geeks like me, it’s just as interesting to learn these things that I missed at school.

Hopefully, this article and the videos are able to shed light on another vital and although tiny organ, it plays a vital role for our health. Experts provided recommendations, so please take note of them and follow them. Besides from taking care of your gut health, it is just as vital to take care of the mitochondria. These are the fundamental or cellular level of health. The better we do of taking care and optimizing them, the healthier we become.

Perhaps you’ve noticed Drs. Mercola and Patrick mentioned longevity, and I totally agree with them. Even if optimizing health won’t make us live up to 200 years, we certainly have an improved and better quality of life. We live to be happy, and when we’re happy, there’s a higher chance we live longer, too.

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