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What is Mitochondrial Dysfunction?

Sunday, May 15th 2022 10:00am 9 min read
Dr. Jessica Peatross dr.jess.md @drjessmd

Hospitalist & top functional MD who gets to the root cause. Stealth infection & environmental toxicity keynote speaker.

The mitochondria in your body are known for the ability to generate energy for cells. You may find them referred to as the powerhouse of the body. They also have some other amazing capabilities and play a key role in other life processes.

In fact, the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation suggests that only 3% of a single mitochondrion’s genetic makeup is designated to produce energy for that single cell.

Mitochondria are organelles in every cell of your body. Each has its own DNA, and they generate up to 90% of cellular energy through the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). Mitochondria play a role in every major metabolic function.

Mitochondria are found in varying levels in different tissues, and they are configured to function for their specific tissue. For instance, mitochondria in the liver are configured to transform ammonia into a waste substance called urea. This differentiation of mitochondria demonstrates how environmental and genetic factors can influence their function.

Physiological Effects of the Mitochondria:

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