Podcast #3 – Mitochondria, Neurodegenerative disease, and CoEnzyme Q10


One of the more recent discoveries of modern medicine is the mitochondria and the role it plays in health, particularly in muscular and neurodegenerative disease.

The mitochondria is both the powerhouse of the cell and the storage place of DNA. This means that mitochondrial dysfunction creates both DNA mutation during cellular replication (which occurs every 52 days) and a situation in which the cell simply is not manufacturing enough energy to support itself. Both issues are detrimental to long-term functioning and health.

As far as it’s understood, the connection between mitochondria dysfunction and neurodegeneration is due to the fact that neurons require massive amounts of energy to fire properly, and with mitochondrial dysfunction the cells are simply unable to produce adequate amounts of energy for this to happen, leading to neurons behaving much like frayed wires. Myelin thinning also occurs, allowing for cross talk in the nervous system and brain, much like a party line on the telephone.

Evidence exists to suggest that neurodegenerative diseases linked to mitochondrial dysfunction such as Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and Alzheimer’s disease could be targeted by coenzyme q10. Granted, this is only one component of a complementary medicine approach, but it’s certainly one of the more important pillars.

While I recommend NuSkin NanoCoQ10 as a consultant, coenzyme q10 is available at any drug store and most grocery stores.

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