What are mitochondria?
Often described as the “powerhouses of the cell” mitochondria are responsible for creating more than 90% of the energy our bodies need to sustain life and support growth.
Healthy mitochondria produce adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the energy molecule required by our bodies' organs to function. This happens through a series of reactions, called the electron transport chain (ETC), within the inner folds of the mitochondria.
Mitochondria & disease
If anything goes wrong during this process, ATP production declines, and reactive oxygen species (ROS) goes up. ROS are strong oxidants that can damage the mitochondria and the cell structures of which they are a part. Learn more >