If you keep your mitochondria sound, your body will have all the vitality it’ll ever need to stay solid and ward off the maladies of maturing.
The problem is that mainstream medicine is lagging way behind, so you won’t hear about this from your doctor.
But along with your telomeres, the cellular timekeepers at the ends of your chromosomes, your mitochondria are key components in the anti-aging equation. Keeping them safe and charged is essential to healthy aging.
Recently, I’ve discovered three other nutrients that have an amazingly powerful effect on your mitochondria — but more about that in a minute.
That’s because your mitochondria control your body’s master energy system, which lets you see, hear and feel. They beat your heart, stimulate your sex drive and allow you to think. They power every function and organ in your body.
Research shows that damaged mitochondria can lead to:
- Heart disease
- Coronary artery disease
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
Your heart and brain are especially vulnerable to mitochondrial dysfunction because they use more energy than any other organ in your body. But healthy mitochondria continually power up your energy levels and protects you from a disease at the same time.
That’s why I researched a new formula that’s specifically designed to protect and energize your tiny power plants.
How to Protect Your Mitochondria
I still recommend you keep taking CoQ10 and PQQ, but to protect your mitochondria and give them an extra charge, here are the three most active ingredients in my new formula…
- Acetyl-L-Carnitine: This amino plays a crucial role in making energy in your cells. It transports fatty acids into the mitochondria, where they are burned for fuel. It also carries toxic waste out before it can do damage.
But as you age, carnitine levels in your tissues drop. That’s why you need acetyl-L-carnitine (ALC). Your body converts L-carnitine to ALC. Studies show when your mitochondria slow down, ALC can fire them up again. Studies also show ALC reverses the malfunction in mitochondria as you age.
The best source of L-carnitine is grass-fed red meat. But you can also supplement. I suggest taking at least 500 mg of ALC every day on an empty stomach. Look for a formula with only L-carnitine and not D, L-carnitine. D-carnitine is synthetic.
- N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC): Another amino acid that’s also a powerful antioxidant. NAC helps make glutathione, the body’s most powerful antioxidant. Glutathione is the mainline of defense for mitochondria. It helps prevent and repair oxidative damage, thus protecting your mitochondria.,
Studies show it also protects your telomeres from oxidative damage. So it throws a one-two anti-aging punch. I advise supplementing with 500 mg per day.
You can find Rhodiola tea in your local health food store. Or you can take it in capsule form. It’s also called golden root or roseroot. But make sure you get a formula with enough of the herb’s active compounds. Look for an extract standardized to contain at least 3% rosavin and 1% salidroside. That’s the same ratio found in the natural root.
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