Mitochondria, located inside our cells, are where the cell's energy is produced (cells “energy factory”). The more active the body cell, like heart, liver, and brain cells – the more mitochondria are needed and produced to support the energy need of that cell.
Our mitochondria process oxygen and convert substances (nutrients) from the food we eat into the energy that our bodies need to function – about 90% of our cellular energy (ATP) is produced in the mitochondria (1).
When our mitochondria are not functioning properly we can feel fatigued, experience muscle aches and pains, have digestive or respiratory problems, and be at increased risk for disease.
Proper nutrient levels are essential for mitochondrial function, and many specific micronutrients play crucial roles in cellular energy production and metabolism (2).