When it comes to energy, not all sources are equal. Simple sugars offer a burst of energy, while complex sugar offer a more sustained energy, while some vitamins and nutrients are involved in the process of producing energy itself. The bottom line is energy is required for every aspect of life and the properly functioning mitochondria (the place in all of our cells where energy is made), as well as good sources of energy are very important.
The mitochondria are the energy furnaces of every cell within yourbody, producing energy in the form of ATP. Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) is an energy molecule, like an energy currency utilized by every cell within our body, and produced by the mitochondria and used when needed. The amount of ATP in our body determines if we will have Energy! Or become fatigued…
- Vitamin B-12 aids in metabolic function, allowing our body to utilize energy to its fullest
- B-12 also helps produce new red blood cells increasing oxygen and nutrient transport throughout the body
- Prevents megaloblastic anaemia which causes tiredness and weakness
- Vitamin B-12 also aids in nerve transmissions, synthesizing DNA and producing important hormones
- Vitamins like B-12 allow the body to carry out essential process in our body like normal metabolic function as well as various other processes, offering important health benefits.
- Coenzyme Q10 is a fat-soluble vitamin-like substance present in the mitochondria of every cell within the body and is essential in the production of energy
- Levels peak at 20 years of age when we are at our optimum, and decline in the following years reaching as low as 85% when we are 30, 70% when we are 40, down to below 50% by the time we are 65 resulting in increased fatigue.
- Coenzyme Q10 works within the mitochondria, rearranging pieces of our diet to produce essential ATP
- Also acts an antioxidant helping to prevent against neurodegenerative and cardiovascular diseases
- The involvement of coenzyme Q10 in the production of energy itself is extremely important and offers real sustained energy, especially throughout life.
- Ribose is a type of ‘complex sugar’ but is special and nothing like processed or refined sugar
- The body recognizes that ribose is different from other sugars and stores it for vital work in making energy molecules (ATP) for the heart, brain, muscles and other organs
- Two main components of ATP are adenine and ribose. Adenine is abundant within the body, but ribose is not and production by the body can often be slow
- Trying to build energy without ribose is like trying to build a fire without kindling
- Ribose is also used as the backbone in DNA
- Ribose and other complex sugars offer sustained energy as well as other beneficial effects
- Sugar comes in different forms: table sugar (sucrose), corn sugar (glucose), milk sugar (lactose), honey sugar (fructose) are sources of fuel for the body
- These are known as ‘simple sugars’ unlike ribose
- Excessive amounts simple sugars like sucrose and fructose are turned into fat with the liver and can lead to elevated triglycerides and cholesterol
- Simple sugars offer an energy burst, as your body can utilize and burn them quickly, but the energy is not sustained and results in a crash
- Primary source is usually coffee. Coffee is practically calorie-free, meaning it offers no real sustained energy by the body, but it does contain caffeine
- Caffeine is a fat-soluble molecule, meaning it can pass easily into the blood stream and into the brain
- Once in the brain, caffeine blocks the receptors which allow the brain to relax or calm
- This causes a stimulation effect within the brain, along with the increased release of the hormone epinephrine, the “fight or flight hormone” similar to adrenaline, which causes further stimulation
- Caffeine is a stimulant which essentially pushes your brain into a type of ‘sprint’ without any real energy (calories) resulting in a crash.
Dr. Daniel Jones, BSc PhD, Director Research and Development, Revive Active Products