What are mitochondria?
They are membrane bound organelles which are found in most of the cells (eukaryotic cells) that make up living things. They are also sometimes termed to as the powerhouses.
Why are mitochondria vital in our bodies?
As we have just mentioned, mitochondria are also referred to as powerhouse due to the functions that they do in our bodies. Their main work is to generate the energy that our body cells require in order to execute their jobs. One of such cells which need a lot of energy is the brain cells. The brain cells are responsible for the communication to all the other parts of the body and thus these mitochondria must be transported along the cells.
Mitochondria generate chemical energy similarly to the one we normally get from batteries. This energy which is generated by the mitochondria in the form of chemical is referred to as Adenosine Triphosphate or simply ATP. This is an energy currency that every ling thing cell can use and this is what makes it possible for us to be kept alive.
What are mitochondrial diseases?
These are diseases which result from the failure of mitochondria. As we already know, mitochondria are responsible for supplying energy to the cells. Mitochondria themselves are present in all the cells except in the red blood cells. They produce about 90 of the energy that the cells use. In the case when the mitochondria fails to work, then the energy that the cells get decline and consequently cell injury or even cell death follow. If the process occurs all over the body, then the whole system fails and the life of the person in which it is happening becomes threatened.
These mitochondrial diseases commonly cause damage on critical organs such as the brain, heart, skeletal muscles, kidney and sometimes the respiratory system.
Symptoms of a mitochondrial disease watch out for
The symptoms of a mitochondrial disease vary depending with the cells that are affected. Generally they may include the following:-
- There may be loss in motor control
- Muscle weakness and pain may also be another symptom
- Visual or hearing impairment, especially if their system cells are the ones affected.
- Gastro-intestinal disorders & Swallowing difficulties may be evident when the respiratory cells are affected.
- Another symptom of mitochondrial disease is poor growth, since for growth to occur, cell multiplication must occur and it is a process that requires a lot of energy.
- The victim may also become diabetic
- Cardiac disease
- Liver disease
- Respiratory infection
- Seizure among many other symptoms.
Which principle is used in mitochondrial restoration?
Mitochondrial restoration is a natural process that seeks to restore the various body organs which have been previously cellularly affected to their normal working state. The mitochondrial restoration targets the organs that have been affected by the decline in energy supply and hence whose functional capacity has been also been affected and then restores its functional state.
Mitochondrial treatment involves measures that restore cells to their normal working condition by ensuring they get the energy necessary for them to function. These measures involve ensuring that there are sufficient mitochondria in the body and they are working correctly. Therefore, the treatment seeks to eliminate the cause of mitochondrial failure which had previously occurred.
What is NAD? NAD refers to Nicotinamide adenine Dinucleotide, which is a metabolic co-enzyme responsible for every aspect of life. There are basically two classes of these co-enzymes, digestive and metabolic enzymes. NAD treatment bases on the metabolic enzyme, as this enzymes are responsible for restructuring, repair and remodeling of the cells. The metabolic enzyme provide an advantage in that they operate in every cell, every organ and every cell. NAD is essential in the production of ATP, which is the basic energy molecule in our bodies.
As we have seen, mitochondria are very important since they are responsible for the production of energy that the cells use. When the cells do not get enough energy due to failure in mitochondria, this is a death threatening disease since it may cause all the cells to fail in their function and consequently failure in the entire systems which may pose the patient to death.
If the situation of energy deficiency occurs as a result of mitochondrial failure, this situation needs to be addressed as soon as possible. Prescription can be given to the patient in response to the situation, but this method has limitations. Some of the medications that are administered to mitochondrial failure patient are known to be habit forming and may cause dependency. This makes the patient rely on the medication on daily life and in case of withdrawal; withdrawal symptoms and craving for the drugs may follow.
IV NAD therapy is a treatment that is natural and is based on the principle that, “body has ability to heal on itself as long as the necessary conditions are maintained.” This means that even after the therapy is administered to the patient, there cannot be addiction to the drug. Another advantage is that the therapy generally contributes to the well-being of a person by ensuring the mitochondria are working correctly as well as the NAD co-enzymes.