Mitochondria and Health: Maintaining Your Cellular Engines

Mitochondria and Health: Maintaining Your Cellular Engines

Cells contain biological engines called mitochondria that convert food into energy the body can use. Healthy mitochondria utilize a complex system of vitamins, minerals, essential lipids, electrolytes, amino acids, antioxidants to function properly. Nutritional deficiencies lead to dysfunction, cell death, disease, and aging.

  • Cells contain tiny "engines" called mitochondria that create the energy needed to function
  • Healthy mitochondria require a wide array of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants to function properly
  • When mitochondria don't function properly it creates oxidative stress, inflammation, cell death, and diseases
  • Nutritional deficiencies contribute to poorly functioning mitochondria
  • Proper nourishment through diet and supplementation can help support mitochondria and keep them functioning properly

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The engine is arguably the most important part of the car. If it breaks down, the car loses the ability to perform its primary function. There are hundreds of small components within the engine that need to work in perfect synchronization and when just one piece of that machine is out of sync, the whole engine can shut down.  

Most of the cells in your body contain even more complicated “engines” called mitochondria (red blood cells do not).  Cells that require the most energy like those found in the brain, heart, kidneys, retinas and muscles may contain thousands of mitochondria in each cell.1 These tiny “engines” are responsible for converting the calories from dietary fats, proteins, and sugars into the energy that drives every process in your body.2 

Instead of pistons, belts, spark plugs, valves, and fuel injectors that make a car engine run, the mitochondria rely on perfect synchronization of a complex system called the “electron-transport chain” (ETC).  The ETC is built with a combination of proteins, vitamins, minerals, co-enzymes, antioxidants, amino acids, and fatty acids.

When we are deficient in certain nutrients, the ETC does not work as well so mitochondria begin to malfunction and literally break down, causing the cell to die.2–6  It is no different than removing key components like spark plugs and pistons out of your engine and expecting it to run normally – it doesn’t work!

Cellular "Engine Breakdown" Causes Cell Death

Cells typically die one of two ways: necrosis or apoptosis (app-uh-toe-sis).  Necrosis is when a cell dies due to things like mitochondrial dysfunction and trauma.7,8  Think of this like your car’s engine exploding and sending parts flying around causing damage to other parts of the car.  When cells die via necrosis, they similarly “explode” releasing metabolic waste products, free radicals, and inflammatory compounds causing inflammation and damage to surrounding cells and tissues. 

On the other hand, when a cell dies of apoptosis it literally disassembles itself into tiny pieces called “blebs” that get absorbed and reused by surrounding cells.7,8  Think of this as an engine being carefully taken apart piece-by-piece so the parts can be reused to repair or build a new vehicle.  This is the way that cells are supposed to die, and they are actually genetically programmed to undergo this process when the time is appropriate.

Promoting Healthy Mitochondria

When you provide your cells and the mitochondria with the materials they need, they are more likely to undergo apoptosis instead of necrosis.  This means providing them with an adequate supply of the vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, amino acids, and antioxidants that are needed for each and every component.  Better yet, some nutrients have even been shown to turn on genetic pathways that help make the system work even better and function as a remedy against destructive cellular processes.

Some of the major patented effects of Proprietary Blend relate to the effects that it has on specific genes for potent mitochondrial antioxidants.4,9–12  This combination of hydroxytyrosol from olives with amino acids, antioxidants, and other vital components of the electron transport chain including vitamins B3 and B6 has been shown to increase the lifespan of cells by as much as 20% while directing them towards apoptosis instead of necrosis when their lifespan is complete.  Proprietary Blend ImmuneHealth contains the highest dose of Proprietary Blend in the entire product line. There can be even more benefit when Proprietary Blend is combined with other vital nutrients found in Pinnaclife nutritional supplements including:

  • Coenzyme Q10 (Co-Q10)6,13 in Proprietary Blend Total Health Multivitamin
  • Acetyl-l-carnitine14 in Proprietary Blend Total Health Multivitamin
  • Magnesium15 in Proprietary Blend BoneHealth, CalmMind, BrainHealth, SleepHealth, and JointHealth
  • L-taurine16–18 in all products, but highest doses in Proprietary Blend BrainHealth and EnergyBoost
  • Melatonin19 in Proprietary Blend SleepSupport

When you incorporate McCord Research Proprietary Blend Nutritional Supplements into your daily routine, it’s like you are providing your mitochondria with a supply of new parts plus a team of mechanics that are constantly working to keep your cellular engines running smoothly and efficiently.


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