Why do you want to increase mitochondria in the first place? Let's start right there.
Mitochondria is essentially the “gas” that you use to fuel up your “tank”. Mitochondria creates ATP which is the currency that your muscles use for everything from walking to the kitchen to running a 400 meter sprint. I recently wrote this article about how to increase mitochondria and there are several supplements to increase mitochondrial health. Any boost we can get right?
Magnesium is involved in over 350 different enzyme processes in the human body but at the same time, the majority of individuals don’t get nearly enough magnesium according to studies. That’s just a base amount and likely needs to be increased when considering athletes. The Physique Formula uses magnesium glycinate as it is the most bioavailable form of magnesium specifically for muscle tissue.
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Branched Chain Amino Acids have been shown to increase skeletal muscle mitochondria in both young adults. BCAAS work directly on skeletal muscle tissue since they don’t have to be broken down in the digestive tract. As a result BCAAS can help working muscle tissue last longer before fatigue sets in.
Not only does creatine help create new mitochondria but it also prevents the damage to mitochondria to begin with! There is a variety of ways that our mitochidra gets damaged from stress to poor nutrition to aging. In studies, creatine slows this decline.
Blood Sugar compounds.
Variety of nutrients that improve blood sugar response such as alpha lipoic acid, cinnamon and berberine have been shown to support mitochondrial health. This is likely due to increased blood sugar response and handling. The better our cells can handle our insulin, response the less cellular damage.
You have to remember, while these 4 compounds work well, you need to get the proper rest and follow a diet that supports your lifestyle. That's ultimately how you'll notice results.