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What foods can make you live longer?

We're going to talk about the importance of mitochondria in relation to longevity and how specific molecules found in food can help support their function. We explore the benefits of PQQ, polyphenols, Coenzyme Q10, L-carnitine, carnosine, phycocyanin, and EPA/DHA.

These molecules are found in a variety of foods, such as:

• Cacao, which contains PQQ

• Berries, grass-fed meats, and cheese, which are rich in polyphenols

• Liver, red meat, and fatty fish, which are good sources of Coenzyme Q10

• Red meat, which is high in L-carnitine and carnosine

• Spirulina, which is a vegetarian source of phycocyanin

• Salmon, sardines, and cod liver oil, which are rich in EPA and DHA

Incorporating these foods into your diet can potentially increase the number of mitochondria in your cells, improve energy production, decrease oxidative stress and inflammation, and slow down aging.

Let's dive deeper into each of these potent molecules and their specific benefits:

• PQQ—Boosts mitochondrial count and supports uninterrupted energy production in cells.

• Polyphenols—Enhance mitochondrial function and reduce inflammation.

• Coenzyme Q10—Is essential for proper mitochondrial functioning, especially in energy production. It also acts as an antioxidant and may have therapeutic effects for mitochondrial diseases. Supplementing with Coenzyme Q10 may benefit those taking statins.

• L-carnitine—Helps with fat burning, muscle preservation during exercise, and post-workout recovery.

• Carnosine—Acts as a pH buffer, reducing inflammation and oxidative stress, and may delay aging.

• Phycocyanin—Has antioxidant properties and supports mitochondrial biogenesis, increasing energy production and potentially protecting DNA.

• EPA and DHA—Are omega-3 fatty acids that increase mitochondrial function, reduce oxidative stress, have anti-inflammatory effects, and improve insulin sensitivity.

Last updated: Feb 26, 2024 15:53 PM