Mitochondria are known as the powerhouses of the cell. Mitochondria have an enormous impact on every aspect of our health, wellness, and performance.
Each cell in the body can contain mitochondria by the thousands and the number of mitochondria in a cell can depend largely on the function of each cell. For example, heart and brain cells need much more mitochondria to generate energy and have about 6,000 mitochondria per cell.
The “mighty mitochondria” are the cellular power plants that keep your metabolism humming by consuming oxygen and turning sugars, fats and proteins that we eat, into forms of chemical energy called adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the Bitcoin of cellular energy for the human body. So much ATP is produced in fact, that on a daily basis it will match your body weight. A 170 lb. man will produce on the average 170 lbs. of ATP on a daily basis to fuel his mitochondria.
Your body uses this ATP fuel for almost everything from blinking, to breathing, to thinking, to playing your favorite sports. The mitochondria are also responsible for maintaining a healthy metabolism, burning fat, detoxification, healing, and fighting oxygen-based free radicals. It’s quite a résumé!