Why mi­to­chon­dria mat­ter

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL -

A sin­gle cell in your body can con­tain between 200 to 2,000 mi­to­chon­dria, with the largest num­ber found in the most metabol­i­cally ac­tive cells, like those in your brain, heart and skele­tal mus­cles.

But be­cause of changes in cells, stress and poor diet, most peo­ple’s power gen­er­a­tors be­gin to mal­func­tion and die off as they age. In fact, the Mi­to­chon­dria Re­search So­ci­ety re­ports 50 mil­lion U.S. adults are suf­fer­ing from health prob­lems be­cause of mi­to­chon­drial dys­func­tion.

Com­mon ail­ments of­ten as­so­ci­ated with ag­ing — such as mem­ory prob­lems, heart is­sues, blood su­gar con­cerns and vi­sion and hear­ing dif­fi­cul­ties — can all be con­nected to a de­crease in mi­to­chon­dria.

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