Energy Production

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All of us know how important energy is for us on a day to day basis. Having the energy to carry out normal daily tasks is essential for our sense of well-being. The same is true of our cells, they also require energy to allow proper functioning. When our cells lack energy cell dysfunction follows. Indeed, many of the diseases we see as we age seem to be a result of declining cellular energy production. This is especially prevalent in the brain and components of the nervous system, as we see in some common diseases such as:

      • Alzheimer’s Disease
      • Parkinson’s Disease
      • Vestibular (parts of the inner ear and brain that help control balance) Syndromes
      • Dementia

This essential energy production in our body comes from, mitochondria, tiny fascinating organelles within each of our cells. These mitochondria act as the power-plants of our cells providing energy. We have 10 trillion cells in our body and each cell has hundreds to thousands of these mitochondrial power-plants. Cells that use lots of energy like liver and heart cells, have even more mitochondria! Mitochondria come from ancient bacteria engulfed by other cells long ago. These mitochondria managed to survive inside of these ancient cells creating the perfect symbiosis. The mitochondria produce energy for the cell to use and in return they were given protection inside the cell.

 
With time these tiny power-plants start to become run-down and damaged. This damage means that as our food is converted into usable energy we get an ‘electron leakage’ and overall energy production in the cell declines as we age. This lack of available energy produces cell dysfunction and subsequently illness.In order to assist these tiny cellular power-plants it is important that we supply them with the proper fuel sources. Phytonutrients are the source of fuel our mitochondria use most efficiently. These phytonutrients come mainly from foods that are brightly colored and grown above ground. There is a whole spectrum of foods which when eaten in balance allow for optimum functioning of our mitochondria.

Included here is a mitochondrial food guide and diet plan from the Institute of Functional Medicine designed specifically to help increase energy production.

Also take a look at out oursupplement program specifically designed to assist enhanced mitochondrial energy production.

Energy Production Supplements
Energy production in our body comes from, mitochondria, tiny fascinating organelles (or cellular organs) within each of our cells. These mitochondria act as the power-plants of our cells providing energy. With time these tiny power-plants start to become run-down and damaged. This damage means that overall energy production in the cell declines as we age. This lack of available energy produces cell dysfunction and subsequently illness. The following supplements are targeted towards supporting mitochondria and therefore enhancing energy production at a cellular level.

Coenzyme Q10
CoQ10 is vital for energy production within the body. It allows the cellular power plants of our body, mitochondria, to function properly. CoQ10 acts as a shuttle, moving molecules through these power plants to produce energy our body can use, known as ATP. While most tissues of the body have 100-200 mitochondria per cell, the liver and heart have even more because of their very high energy requirements. This makes them very susceptible to depleted levels of CoQ10. Any person with reduced energy should consider supplementation with CoQ10. All patients on lipid lowering statin drugs should take CoQ10 as an absolute requirement.

Ubiquinol is a form of CoQ10 that is better absorbed and so more effective than other forms.

Recommended Standard Dose:

      • 100 mg/day ubiquinol as directed on bottle
      • 200mg/day ubiquinol (for patients on lipid-lowering statin medications)

Lipid lowering agents can cause significant depletion of CoQ10 and can lead to muscle damage. Therefore it is important that individuals taking these drugs give extra support to protect against potential damage.

Carnitine
Carnitine or Acetyl-L-Carnitine like CoQ10 also acts energy shuttle, moving molecules through mitochondria and producing energy. As our understanding increase, it has been seen that the majority of the diseases of the ageing process have reduced energy production at the basis of the problem. Carnitine is only found in meat products and can be especially problematic for strict vegetarians. A trial of this supplement should be undertaken in any one with chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia, as both conditions have been shown to be associated with reduced mitochondrial energy production.

Recommended Standard Dose:

      • 1—500 mg capsule daily

Alpha Lipoic Acid
Alpha Lipoic Acid is essential for the detoxification process that goes on in our liver 24 hours per day. This is one of the reasons that liver cells have so many mitochondria. Given the enormous increase in chemical loads presented to our bodies every day, the liver is never able to catch a break. Lipoic Acid also has important duties with respect to nerve health and can prevent and help diabetic neuropathy.

Recommended Standard Dose

      • 1—400 mg capsule daily
      • available from True Balance

Resveratrol
Resveratrol is one reason why we love red wine so much! And Resveratrol is what provides so much of the amazing health benefits of this type of alcohol. It is a well-known fact that 1-2 drinks per day for men and women improve survival. Although, large quantities of alcohol, yes, even wine can be hard on our detoxification systems. We do not recommend more than 2 drinks per day but have many reasons to want you to ingest more Resveratrol. The body responds to Resveratrol with changes that promote life extension.

Recommended Standard Dose:

      • 400mg per day
 
Resveratrol works at the level of DNA expression to modify proteins produced. This protein modification system evolved over millions of years and began with plants. Plants have only 2 choices in life—grow or reproduce. Reproduction is takes a lot of energy and from a plant point of view should only occur when the conditions are favourable for plant babies to grow and survive. When external conditions are poor, for example in times of drought resveratrol is one of a group of compounds produced by plants. Resveratrol and these other compounds shift plant metabolism away from reproduction and towards growth and maintenance—so the plant can survive and live to flower another day. Animals developed the same sensitivity to these compounds since they share the same environment and reproductive requirements.
Dr. Brown’s favorite is Optimized Resveratrol, optimized means that it also contains a slightly modified form of Resveratrol called pterostilbene. Despite being difficult to pronounce, pterostilbene is very bioavailable and has benefits beyond what is seen with Resveratrol alone. Optimized Resveratrol is sold through Life Extension and meets Dr. Brown’s criteria of hitting multiple targets with one agent.
Recent studies done in 2014 at Harvard Medical School have shown a decrease in NAD+ as we age. This fall in NAD+ directly relates to a decrease in mitochondrial energy production. NAD+ can’t be absorbed intact in humans, but a precursor called Nicotinamide Riboside (NR) can be and is actually very bioavailable. Nicotinamide Riboside acts as a NAD+ booster playing an essential role in mitochondrial energy production. Supplementation of NR was actually found to reverse changes in fur, memory and energy when fed to old mice.

 

        • available here from Life Extension

For more recommendations on how you can support your mitochondria and boost your cellular energy levels check out our Energy Page.