When you think about minerals and how they are needed by your body, you might think about electrolytes, bones, and muscles. Others may think about minerals for sleep, thyroid and adrenal glands and even red blood cells. Minerals are necessary for numerous aspects of your health with structure and function including your mighty mitochondria.
Mitochondria research experts like Dr. Bruce Ames and others who have followed in his footsteps have spent the last two decades researching mitochondria and nutrition. His pioneering work has provided amazing insights and credibility into the essential need for nutrients and mitochondrial function. Minerals and vitamins are required for mitochondria function as without them “mitochondria decay” occurs and metabolism falters.
What Are Mitochondria?
Mitochondria are the center of cellular energy production, as they manufacture ATP or energy. Mitochondria are also directly involved with immune system vitality, thyroid and adrenal gland function, and much more. All tissues, except red blood cells, contain mitochondria.
Mitochondria require numerous types of nutrients like antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals for their function. In mitochondria and mineral research, scientists identified that “mitochondria actively manage, buffer, utilize, and route the minerals in order to maintain homeostatic balance and minimize stress levels throughout the cell.” A lack of even one mineral leads to accelerated mitochondrial decay,1 cell stress, metabolic dysfunction, neurodegeneration, and faster aging.
As mitochondrial decay occurs, numerous changes are seen and felt in your body. Changes occur in: