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Protect Your Mitochondria and Longevity with Algae

, by Catharine Arnston, 14 min reading time

Mitochondria have recently become the central focus of health researchers. Scientists have realized that your health and longevity is determined by these tiny “organelles’ called mitochondria that are inside all your cells. You may remember from high school science class that mitochondria are called the “powerhouse of the cell.” But today you’re going to learn how and why they also control your health and longevity and why taking algae tablets are key to protecting them (and you!)

When your mitochondria aren’t working it’s because they have become damaged. This leads to fatigue, aging and all chronic disease <1> because mitochondria control everything in your body.

Mitochondria are sort of like the air controllers who direct all communications and air traffic at an airport. If the air controller can’t perform their job correctly, airplanes crash. Your mitochondria are the same way. When your mitochondria can’t perform their job correctly, your health crashes.

This is because mitochondria control everything in your body: cell communications, cell reproduction, cell health, cell death (aptosis), cell nutrient absorption, immune health, inflammation and all metabolic functions from breathing, and thinking to digestion <2>.

Did you know mitochondria even have their own DNA? There are only thirty-seven mtDNA (compared to 25,000 nuclear/cell DNA) but scientists have discovered these thirty-seven mitochondria DNA (mtDNA) control your other 25,000 DNA not to mention everything else in your body!

That’s why keeping your mitochondria DNA (mtDNA) healthy is absolutely critical to preventing aging and disease. But as it turns out, this is really hard to do because your mitochondria DNA are constantly getting damaged from free radicals produced during the APT process. The free radical damage causes your mitochondria DNA to mutate, die or send the wrong cellular signals which results in a downward spiral in your health, including fatigue, brain fog, weight gain, rapid aging and chronic disease <3>.

We know this sounds dour but don’t panic! There is a simple, effortless, proven, nutritional solution that can stop and reverse this downward spiral of aging and disease.

Algae tablets.

But not just any algae tablets. They must be raw (i.e. dried without high heat like ours are). Keep reading to learn how and why ENERGYbits® spirulina and RECOVERYbits® chlorella algae uniquely protect and boost your mitochondria so they can protect and boost you. We call it algae love.

What are Mitochondria?

Let’s start with the basics.

Mitochondria play a vital role in converting all the food you eat (carbohydrates, protein, and fat) into a form of energy that your cells and body can use. In fact, mitochondria generate 90% of your energy – all in the form of ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate) which is a unit of cellular energy <4>.

By the way, ATP gives you way more than the energy you need to run a marathon! It creates “cellular energy” which is the energy your body needs every nanosecond to think, digest, sleep, move, fight infections, pump your heart, flow your blood and do everything you need to live. Period. Mitochondria create your “fuel” for living <5>.

If you want to improve your longevity, live optimally and live disease-free, you MUST look after your mitochondria. When you do, your mitochondria look after you in return.

Where are Mitochondria?

Mitochondria are found in every living cell. The highest concentration of mitochondria are found in cells that have the highest energy needs like your brain! Did you know there are two million mitochondria in every cell in your brain! Talk about brain power! Skin cells or fat cells have only 100 mitochondria per cell because they use less energy than your brain, heart or muscles <6>.

What Do Mitochondria Look Like?

Mitochondria are tiny organelles that are located in each living cell and they have a curved shape that makes them look a bit like a peanut!

Mitochondria are unlike ANY other cells. All your other cells have just one cell membrane. But mitochondria have TWO membranes, an outer and an inner membrane. Each membrane is structurally different and has different functions…

Outer membrane: The outer membrane is like all the other membranes in all your other cells and it contains openings/channels called “porins” that allow small molecules, antioxidants and proteins to flow in and out <7>.

Inner membrane: This inner membrane is unique to mitochondria. No other cell in your body has a second inner membrane. Only mitochondria and unlike the outer membrane, this inner membrane is virtually impermeable. This second inner membrane is a remnant of the ancient development of mitochondria which has been proven to evolve from cyanobacteria (like spirulina) in a scientific process called endosymbiosis <8>.

Spoiler alert – this helps explain why spirulina gives your mitochondria all the nutrients and antioxidants it needs to protect themselves from damaging free radicals. Mitochondria and spirulina are proven to be from the same evolution. Wild right? In any case, the inner membrane is where the mitochondria DNA are located and where all APT is generated. Both are vital for life, so they need to be carefully guarded.

In fact, the inner membrane is like a VIP club where you need special credentials to gain access. Only a very few antioxidants like Superoxide Dismutase, (SOD) and chlorophyll have the “credentials” that allow them to pass through this inner membrane to protect the mitochondria DNA.

Spirulina algae have the highest concentration of superoxide dismutase in the world and chlorella algae have the highest concentration of chlorophyll in the world. Both of these antioxidants can get through the inner membrane to prevent damage to the mitochondria DNA caused by the release of free radicals during the production of ATP <9>. We’ll tell you more about SOD soon!

Now that you have a better understanding of the structure of the mitochondria, you can see how hard it is to protect your mitochondria DNA (mtDNA)! It’s because they are located deep inside that inner membrane.

Fortunately, ENERGYbits® algae tablets have an “All Access Pass” with their highest concentration of the two antioxidants (SOD and Chlorophyll) that can get through the inner membrane so they can neutralize free radicals and save your mitochondria from damage!

Mitochondrial DNA Damage

Since your mitochondria DNA are located exactly where the ATP and free radicals are produced, they are literally getting burned every nanosecond by reactive oxygen species (ROS) free radicals.

It’s very similar to what would happen to you if you sat too close to a bonfire – you’d get burned from all the sparks flying! In the case of the mitochondria DNA, they are located so close to the “fire” of ATP production that the “sparks” from the fire (free radicals) constantly damage them <10>, <11>.

The most damaging ROS-free radical of all is called superoxide. This powerful free radical attacks lipid membranes (the protective layer around our cells), damages the structure and function of your cells and initiates a cascade of other free radicals <12>. Yikes!

Fortunately, there is an antioxidant that can stop and neutralize superoxide! It is the antioxidant called Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) but it is virtually impossible to get from food and you produce very little SOD as you age. But good news! Spirulina algae contain the highest concentration of Superoxide dismutase in the world! So, let’s learn more about this superhero antioxidant that protects your mitochondria and stops the aging/disease process!

Superoxide dismutase (SOD) to the Rescue!

Superoxide dismutase (SOD) is one of the FEW antioxidants that can enter the mitochondria’s inner membrane to protect the mitochondria and its DNA from damaging free radicals created during ATP production <13>. SOD is an enzyme that is found in the cells of almost every living thing that depends on oxygen (including in our bodies). It is also found in small amounts in some foods like broccoli or cabbage, but the SOD molecule in these foods is damaged during digestion so it can’t be used by your mitochondria <14>.

That’s why spirulina algae is the best source of Superoxide dismutase! Not only does spirulina have 1,000– 10,000 x more SOD than any other foods, but all of the SOD found in spirulina algae is also 99% bioavailable to your mitochondria!

This is because spirulina is a cyanobacteria and doesn’t have a cellulose wall, so all of its nutrients (including SOD) are absorbed instantly and virtually bypass digestion. This allows your mitochondria to use ALL the SOD. But ONLY if the spirulina is raw like ENERGYbits®.

If you want your SOD to work, it MUST be alive. So when you purchase your spirulina algae, it can’t have been dried with high heat. This is because high heat kills enzymes including SOD! Read more about this in the next section to learn why ENERGYbits® may be the only spirulina algae with active and live SOD!

What exactly does Superoxide dismutase (SOD) do? It neutralized free radicals (like Superoxide) and turns them into water. Poof. Free radicals gone! This protects your mitochondria DNA! Now your mitochondria can live longer and better and so can you! The MVP award goes to ENERGYbits® spirulina!!

The ENERGYbits® Difference

Now that you know what Superoxide dismutase does and the vital role it plays to protect your mitochondria from damage, we need to share a few other important facts.

NOT all spirulina contains active Superoxide dismutase (SOD). ENERGYbits® spirulina tablets DO contain active and live superoxide dismutase because our algae tablets are NOT dried with high heat. This is a critical point because high heat kills all enzymes, including SOD. All of ENERGYbits® algae tablets are raw and all our enzymes, including SOD are alive and well! Here’s why.

Superoxide dismutase is an enzyme so it is destroyed by high heat. Virtually all other algae companies (except ENERGYbits®) are lower price, higher volume suppliers of spirulina that need to get their algae to market quickly, to make lots of sales/money. The only way they can accomplish this is to dry their algae quickly and to do that, they use high heat. But this kills all the SOD in their spirulina. It kills all the other enzymes too but SOD is the most important because, as you have learned, it is one of the very few antioxidants that can pass into the inner mitochondria membrane to protect your mitochondria DNA from free radical damage.

So, while there may have been SOD in the lower-priced spirulina algae before it was dried, it is dead by the time you buy it. We’re really sorry to have to tell you this. But now you know and the good news is that this never happens with spirulina tablets from ENERGYbits®.

ENERGYbits® is one of the very few algae companies (possibly the only company) that does NOT use high heat to dry our algae. This ensures ALL the enzymes in our spirulina are preserved, active and alive and well. Including SOD.

The importance of this can’t be overstated.

You can also get active SOD from frozen/liquid spirulina but frozen spirulina is difficult to find, difficult to use, difficult to travel with and has a very short shelf life. ENERGYbits® spirulina tablets are a better choice, easier to travel with and have a shelf life of 3+ years. Plus we are endorsed by hundreds of doctors for our algae’s safety, purity and efficacy.

Don’t cheat yourself or your mitochondria by using lower-quality algae. You deserve better. There are very few ways to prevent mitochondria damage and SOD is a proven antioxidant that does this. But only if it is alive like it is in ENERGYbits® or BEAUTYbits® spirulina tablets. It’s just one of many reasons why our algae is a premium product and works so well.

What more proof that SOD is essential for your health and longevity? SOD has been proven to have :

  • Therapeutic benefits for preventing inflammatory diseases, cancer prevention, diabetes II, cardiovascular diseases and respiratory diseases source.
  • Therapeutic benefits for preventing prostate cancer source.
  • Therapeutic benefits for reducing cancer source.
  • Therapeutic benefits for reducing physical/ mental fatigue and anxiety with just 140 units of SOD per day (each ENERGYbits® spirulina tablet contains 1,000 units of SOD) source.
  • Therapeutic benefits for reducing oxidative stress especially as you age and produce less SOD source and source.
  • Therapeutic benefits for reducing Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease source.
  • Lack of SOD causes mtDNA damage source.
  • SOD is critical for protecting mitochondria source, source.

It is critical to feed your mitochondria SOD if you want to help protect it from free radical dam0.age. You can also reduce mitochondria damage with intermittent fasting, keto diets, and reducing your overall carbohydrate intake. But the easiest and most efficient way to boost your mitochondrial health is to take ENERGYbits® or BEAUTYbits® spirulina tablets! Love your mitochondria to bits with our algae!!

Mitochondria Determine Your Health

As you can see, mitochondria have a powerful influence on your health. But as we age, we have fewer mitochondria, and the few that do stick around are mutated (due to environmental factors and stressors) so they function poorly and cause further damage. As you have learned, when the mitochondria DNA are damaged, they send wrong signals to your cells and your DNA and initiate a downward spiral in your health that can lead to disease and aging.

You can stop this downward spiral safely and easily by simply adding ENERGYbits® or BEAUTYbits® spirulina tablets to your daily routine. Don’t wait until you have developed a chronic disease to take this one simple, step to protect and preserve your health.

Your mitochondria are waiting.


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