August 16, 2017 | MiNDFOOD

August 16, 2017 | MiNDFOOD

Aug 2017
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Fatigue and the mitochondria: what you need to know

Feeling fatigued?

Most of us feel tired, overworked and exhausted from time to time, leaving us with little energy to do the things in life that we love. This can lead to us feeling flat and depressed which can further negatively impact how we eat, our ability to exercise or even how well we sleep.

If you’ve been checked out by a doctor and there isn’t an underlying medical condition causing your fatigue, the symptoms can be a helpful message that your body is asking for a top up of a few key nutrients. Together with a few lifestyle changes, these may be just the answer to help put the spring back in your step.

Everything we do requires energy, from walking to thinking to eating, even to sleeping. We get this energy from our food and this conversion from food to energy happens in tiny little organelles in our cells called mitochondria.

Our mitochondria are considered the powerhouses of the cell, with each cell in the human body containing up to 1000 of these mighty, essential cell organs. It’s no wonder, then, that fatigue is considered a hallmark symptom of mitochondrial dysfunction.

For our mitochondria to function they require a steady supply of the following vital nutrients in order to produce the energy we need to live and help us avoid feelings of fatigue:

Ubiquinol (the active form of co-enzyme Q10) – one of the main drivers of energy production in the body. A naturally occurring substance in the body, Ubiquinol also helps protect our body’s cells. However as we get older, our body’s ability to convert CoQ10 into Ubiquinol decreases, which can lead to tiredness and muscle pain.

Magnesium orotate – which increases the levels of Ubiquinol in the mitochondria.

B complex vitamins – essential co-factors in energy production.

L-carnitine – this amino acid plays an important role in helping transport fats into the mitochondria.

Probiotics – our mitochondria share a unique symbiotic relationship with the bacteria in our gut. A little, often unknown, fact is that mitochondria are actually descendants of primordial bacteria that entered into a mutually advantageous relationship with ancient microbes that are now found in and on our bodies! Supplementing with probiotics is going to help your digestion, immune system and your energy levels!

Occasional feelings of fatigue is normal but during those times when eating well, getting enough sleep and exercise isn’t enough, consider Ubiquinol or another of the supplements listed above. The addition of these may be all that’s needed to help restore and rebalance your energy levels.

Speak to your healthcare practitioner to find out which supplement is right for you. Always read the label. Use only as directed. For further information visit

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