Current Modern Conditions Impair Mitochondrial Function
Exposure to pollution, cigarette smoke (including e- cigs), antibiotics, bacteria, viruses, heavy metals, processed food additives and preservatives, sugar and artificial sweeteners, GMOs, pesticides, pain relievers, statin medications, and even stress hormones have been shown to damage mitochondria.
The conveniences that make our lives easier in the moment, may be the very things that decrease our quality of life in the long run. In fact, environmental factors contribute to about 80% of the diseases listed by the World Health Organization.
Damaged mitochondria are less able to perform the critical function of producing energy and eliminating toxins. When heavy metals from pollution accumulate in mitochondria, the body’s cells may become hypoxic, or unable to utilize oxygen ideally to maintain cellular health.
Additionally, the lack of nutrients in sugar, flour, and processed foods put a heavy burden on mitochondria to use junk material to produce energy, generating excessive free radicals and inflammation.
Mitochondria and Environmental Health
Chun Zhou* and TomÃ¡s R. Guilarte
Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Columbia University, USA
*Corresponding author: Chun Zhou, Department of Environmental Health Sciences,
Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, 722 West 168th Street, Room
1107C, New York, NY 10032, USA, E-mail:[email protected]
Submitted: 11 August 2013; Accepted: 30 August 2013; Published: 02 September 2013