By M.G Thibault
Edited by Ryan McTeigue

Why do we age? It’s no big secret that people put tremendous effort, time and money to try and reverse the effects of aging and try various methods to appear vibrant and youthful. As aging is inescapable, our struggle to become perpetually young is wasted energy. However while we can’t turn back the hands of time, it has been scientifically proven through bio-age analysis, that we can reverse our biological age. This blog focuses on the mitochondria (energy producers of the cell) and the latest information to come out about the link between boosting mitochondria and its effects on anti-aging.

Recently, scientists have discovered that changes in the mitochondria of our cells pose as a potential central regulator of the aging process. Research suggests the link between anti-aging and healthy mitochondria, has to do with the mitochondria’s influence in our body’s immune system, the fact it produces almost all of our cells Adenine triphosphate (ATP) which supplies the cells and subsequently the entire body with energy and the nuclear signalling mitochondria drives that controls our circadian rhythm - the bodies automatic sleep-wake cycle.

Following the lead of the latest research studies, health and fitness proponents caught wind of this fact and are now focusing on the mitochondria as an effective route to delay the biological clock and here’s what we have found out so far:

1. High intensity interval training (HIIT) is a great strategy  to boost mitochondrial function. A 2017 study in cell metabolism found that the HIIT style training caused cells to make more proteins for the mitochondria, which revitalizes them. HIIT training created a 49% increase in mitochondrial capacity for young, healthy adults in the study: the older volunteers experienced a whopping 69% increase!!

2. Grounding (or earthing) is the habit of attaching bare skin to the Earth such as soil or grass. They found that the mitochondria in the grounded subjects are less stressed and not working so hard to produce energy due to the body’s state of homeostasis. Believe it or not, there is reliable scientific data behind this. A meta-analysis  demonstrates that Grounding could support restorative sleep and help with chronic pain. Another research also noted its significant effects on the immune system and wound healing. So, take off your shoes and get your bare feet on the grass as often as possible.

3. Taking CoQ10 helps the mitochondria with energy production. CoQ10 is an antioxidant that our body naturally produces but gets depleted as we age. By facilitating Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) production in the mitochondria, CoQ10 maintains the normal functioning of our muscles and body organs especially the brain and heart which require the most fuel.

4. Supplementing with Acetyl-L-carnitine or ALC provides more than 20% of mitochondrial proteins which helps our cells’ batteries to function properly, including those involved in antioxidant defence and energy production. Moreover, one of the key changes in physiology associated with longevity is an increased acetylation of mitochondrial proteins.

5. Taking Elite Sarms - Hyper Lean (SR9009) for drastically Increased Mitochondrial production and improved function is another potent way to increase the body’s energy generators. In muscle, SR9009 encourages the production of new mitochondria while lowering the deterioration rate of older cells and completely removing damaged ones. A study was conducted where lab mice treated with SR9009 showed an increased number of total and active mitochondria. This mechanism was mediated by repressing autophagy (the consumption of the body’s own tissue as a metabolic process occurring in starvation and certain diseases) genes in the muscle cells. Elite Sarms - Hyper Lean (SR9009) also leads to a relative boost in power and longer endurance when the skeletal muscles are at work!

Aside from stimulating the quantitative increase of mitochondria, SR9009 also facilitates their efficiency, thereby promoting the muscle’s fat burning ability by accelerating the metabolic rate.

As a REV-ERB α and β agonist, SR9009 increases the basal metabolic rate and promotes energy balance by regulating the expression of genes related to lipid and glucose metabolism. This is the reason why SR9009 is a popular product among fitness people and athletes. Check out this article to find out more about the fat burning properties of SR9009.

The Final Word: What we’ve now learnt about the mitochondria and how it can address the fundamental mechanism of ageing gives us an opportunity to move beyond old age and perhaps even tackle the problems and health issues that are associated with aging. This can be a phenomenal shift where we stop putting a bandage over the effect of time, but instead get to the roots of ageing which is within our cells. In this way, we can take control of our biology, health and performance as our chronological age-clock ticks into the future.