In order to increase the mitochondrial density, you should target the body with enough stimulus in the form of mechanical stress so that you give it a reason to grow more mitochondria. In this article, we explain what you can do to increase the number of mitochondria and why it’s a goal worth pursuing.
What are mitochondria?
Mitochondria are your cells’ ‘power plants’. Their main function is to transform the nutrients we consume into energy, and they do that through the production of the ATP molecule (adenosine triphosphate). After producing it the cells use it to drive a multitude of body functions from breathing to movement and exercising.
Without getting too scientific here and exploring cellular biology in details, it’s enough to understand that the mitochondria are absolutely essential to the energy metabolism, and because of this fact, they have a crucial role in the oxidation of fatty acids, which in plain English, means ‘fat loss’. For this to happen, fatty acids need to taken out from the fat deposits and transported to the mitochondria so that they can be oxidized and then used as an energy source.
Why you need to increase the mitochondrial density
Considering that mitochondria are essential to the metabolism of fatty acids, it would also be logical to think that having more of them would be even better, wouldn’t it? Increasing the number of mitochondria, a process known as mitochondrial biogenesis takes the demand off of just 10 mitochondria and disperses the total workload among a hundred, which would enable them to do their job of transforming energy from fat into ATP to be used by the body more efficiently.
There can actually be thousands of mitochondria in each cell and taking into account that our bodies have trillions of cells, that would add up to a lot of mitochondria. In any case, it doesn’t hurt to have more of them.
You need to give the body a reason to produce more mitochondria
If you want to increase your mitochondrial density, you need to give the body a reason to produce more of them. As with many other components of our bodies, if you don’t use them, you lose them. To put it differently, if the body has no need of them, it won’t produce them. We’ll take muscle tissue as an example.
The body will not perform the highly energy-demanding task of building and maintaining new muscle tissue if you give it no reason to do so. The same way you start losing muscle mass when you stop working out, you start losing mitochondria when you stop giving them the reason to be there, which also results in a much less efficient fat loss.
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