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Mitochondrial Function Panel

Item Catalog Number: LC100020

Mitochondria are the cellular energy generators that supply virtually all the power your body requires for a healthy life. An abundance of published studies underscores the critical importance of the mitochondria to overallhealth, especially as we age.1-7 Simply put, mitochondrial dysfunction is an energy production problem and can result in many chronic degenerative orders such as Alzheimers, Parkinson’s disease, obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and stroke.

This panel contains the following tests:

  • Carnitine (free and total)
  • Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)
  • Glucose

The primary function of carnitine in the body is to regulate fat burning and to help the body use stored fat as fuel. L-Carnitine is responsible for transporting fat to the powerhouse of our cells called mitochondria. Unless fat makes it to the mitochondria, it cannot be burned, no matter how much you exercise or diet!

CoQ10 is an essential factor in healthy mitochondrial function and the production of cellular energy as glucose is converted into adenosine triphosphate (ATP). Ninety-five percent of all the human body’s energy requirements is converted with the aid of CoQ10.

Do you want to extend your life? Then be good to your mitochondria!

An 8 to 12 hour fast is required for this blood test. However, drink plenty of water and take your medications as prescribed.

References
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2. Lancet. 1989 Mar 25;1(8639):642-5.
3. Curr Opin Clin Nutr Metab Care. 2010 Jul;13(4):458-65.
4. Age (Dordr). 2010 Sep;32(3):337-46.
5. Ageing Res Rev. 2010 Jun 25.
6. Cell Mol Life Sci. 2010 Oct;67(20):3435-47.
7. Zhonghua Yi Xue Za Zhi (Taipei). 2001 May;64(5):259-70.