One of the key signs of aging that we all experience is a loss of energy. How does a 7-year-old run around with never-ending energy, while adults struggle to keep up? Well, the answer lies in the mitochondria. This article will break down how to support your mitochondrial health with red light therapy and NAD+ supplements, so that your cells can produce all the energy you need.
Mitochondria are the energy factories in your cell
Mitochondria are tiny organelles found within your cells, they are often referred to as the ‘powerhouses of the cell’ and this is because they convert the food we eat, into the energy that our cells need to function (ATP).
During aging your mitochondria become damaged and dysfunctional, meaning they struggle to keep up with the energy demands and they produce toxic molecules that damage your cells. Therefore, supporting your mitochondria, to ensure they are functioning optimally is critical to aging well and feeling your best.
Red Light Therapy enhances Mitochondrial Function
The good news is your mitochondria are very responsive to changes in their environment. Meaning you can improve the health of your mitochondria, help them work more efficiently and stimulate the production of new mitochondria. Studies show that red light therapy enhances mitochondrial function and activates antioxidant pathways, which mop up toxic molecules that are produced during energy production, which can cause cellular damage if not removed.
Furthermore, red light activates anti-inflammatory pathways which have both whole-body and skin benefits. Skin aging is accelerated by both external UV DNA damage and by internal inflammatory damage to fibroblast cells which produce collagen and elastin. Increased mitochondrial function and activation of repair pathways protect the fibroblasts so they can increase collagen and elastin production, while the reduction in inflammation prevents damaging molecules from breaking down the skin structure.
Other benefits of red-light therapy include:
- Improved wound healing and recovery
- Improvements in skin health
- Reduce pain and swelling
- Improved brain function
NAD+ is critical for energy production
NAD+ is a critical molecule, if all the NAD+ was removed from your cells you would be dead in 30 seconds. This is because your mitochondria cannot produce cellular energy without NAD+. The decline in NAD+ levels during aging is one of the main reasons we experience fatigue and brain fog as symptoms of aging. Unsurprisingly, the most common benefit benefits of boosting your NAD+ levels is an increase in mental and physical energy.
NAD+ also powers the pathways which repair mitochondrial damage and support optimal mitochondrial function. NAD+ has been found to have positive benefits in the skin due to its role in repairing DNA damage, reducing inflammation and repairing the fibroblasts to support collagen and elastin production.
Boosting your NAD+ levels with Nuchido TIME+ can enhance the benefits of red-light therapy and help keep those beneficial pathways switched on between treatments.