Self Care

What is the main function of mitochondria?

By Albert E PerryJan 04, 2022

The main function of the Mitochondria is to generate chemical energy in the form of ATP (adenosine triphosphate), which then powers the cell. This little molecule of ATP is like our body’s currency. It is used for movement, repair and to keep our body temperature stable, no matter what the temperature is outside of our body.

What are Mitochondria anyway, and why should I care?

A Mitochondrion (Mitochondria are many, or plural) is an organelle (literally: “small organ”). This tiny organ is of utmost importance, because it makes most of that currency that our body uses, ATP. There are a lot of Mitochondria in our bodies, thousands of trillions of them, about 100 quadrillion! Most cells have them, with the exception being the red blood cell. However, the liver cells have over 2000! A couple of billion are made inside our body every second.

So if there are so many, why should we care about them?

Remember, they produce ATP, our body’s currency. But even more important than money, if we ran out of ATP, our cells would die off, our heart would go into seizure, and we would soon be dead. These little organelle produce our life force, and we need to take care of them!

Caring for your Mitochondria

How can we care for our precious Mitochondria? The short answer is exercise, especially bursts exercise like HIT (High Intensity Training). Also, we need to eat a lot of varied vegetables. Our body also farms CO-Enzyme Q10 from our diet and body also creates it. However, we create less as we age. The Mitochondria use CO-Enzyme Q10 to create ATP. Many pharmaceuticals, especially Statins, which are used to lower cholesterol, deplete the production of CO=Enzyme Q10. Therefore, if you take Statins or are in the upper age brackets, CO-Enzyme Q10 is a supplement you definitely want to add to help care for your Mitochondria.

Heavy metals, refined sugar and other toxins slow down the process of the Mitochondrial’ production of ATP. They process everything in order to get the correct base nutrients to make ATP. If they need to break down metals, toxins and sugar, they will wear out faster, and out body will need to replace them, taking our system.

Is there anything besides diet and exercise that can help ATP production?

It seems like a balanced diet and exercise are the standard twin answers for anything health related. That’s because they are the most important aspects of self-care to focus on! However, there is something else that you can do to help with both ATP production and the health of your Mitochondria.and its ATP production. Recently studies have emerged which address Mitochondria.and its ATP production.

Red/NIR Phototherapy studies are on the forefront of this exciting breakthrough in energy medicine. What is Red/NIR Phototherapy?

This process, also known as Photobiomodulation, has been extensively researched. The conclusions of this research include many instances where Red Light Therapy adds measurable energy to the mitochondria of human cells. What does this mean? When additional energy is added to the Mitochondria, it is stimulated to produce more ATP. With this additional ATP the Mitochondria can then repair itself if necessary, or send that ATP body currency on to other cells in proximity that may need repair.

Are there devices available to the average consumer?

In my blog: “Red Light Therapy device Lifepro Review,” I review a device that I personally tried, with remarkable results, from the company LifePro. There are quite a few companies that make Red Light Devices for consumer use. There are Red Light blankets, panels, saunas and even a book out:

The Ultimate Guide To Red Light Therapy: How to Use Red and Near-Infrared Light Therapy for Anti-Aging, Fat Loss, Muscle Gain, Performance Enhancement, and Brain Optimization


If I told you that there was a pill, scientifically proven, that would allow you look years younger, lose some unwanted weight, improve the health of your hormones, reduce pain and inflammation while increasing strength, would you want to take it? What if it had no side effects? On top of that it could help you heal quickly, recover from workouts faster, help your brain to work more efficiently and even increase your energy, You wouldn’t even believe me!. Millions would be told to start taking this drug, if it were available, by every doctor. This pill would be called a “miracle drug.” You know what?: That “pill” is already available. Except it isn’t a pill. It’s red light therapy! Red Light has the power to heal your body and optimize your health. Most everyone has become aware of the importance of vitamin D, which comes from the light emitted by our sun. Few, however, are aware of this other light that can be just as important to our overall health – red and near-infrared light. Do you think this is just me talking out of the side of my mouth like a used car salesman? Trust me, I’m not hyping you. There are now hundreds of scientific studies showing health and anti-aging benefits of red and near-infrared light therapy.

I hope that this was as eye-opening for you as it was for me. My job is to help folks get better. I am now instilling Red Light Therapy into my practice, because it;s the right thing to do. Will you do it for yourself?

Do your own research, and see what you find. Red Light Therapy, a part of Energy Medicine, the medicine of the future, drug-free.

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  1. Hey Al, 

    I was surprised to find out that mitochondria are actually very small organs. I learned something there. Do you recommend someone over 50 as myself include COQ-10 in their daily supplement regimen? I’m already taking high quality and potency Multis and Protein Shakes, and tend to fare well overall with my health. I ask because I’ve been hearing a lot about CO-Q 10 but wasn’t really sure if it was a necessary add on for my age group.

    1. Hi Robin,

      Thanks for reading and commenting.

      50 is a great time to add COQ-10 into your supplementation. To take the guessing out of what you need, may I suggest a personalized supplement system. You can go to my main page: https://qiworks.net/  then scroll down to the section “personalized nutrition.”  There you will find a button to take a free assessment test that will give you a health score and recommendations for your lifestyle, age, gender, ethnic background and where you live. It is all important. Thanks again. Here’s to your continued good health!

      Keep Thriving!


  2. I learned about mitochondria back in secondary school, yet I did not know there was so much to it, I did not even know there was a way one could take care of such tiny yet important components of our bodies. I guess we really learn as we grow. thank you for the educational information.

    1. Thanks for reading and commenting, Paul!

      Yes, there’s always room to grow, no matter how much we think we know!

      Stay well and keep thriving!


  3. That’s incredible news to hear! I am lucky that growing up I developed the discipline to keep exercising and keep at it! However, I never would have thought that it was possible to use red light therapy to cure mitochondrial malfunction. Definitely will be checking out this book for future reference, as well as being able to be there for the friends I’ve made throughout my lifetime should they ever face this issue!

    1. Thanks, David, for reading and commenting!

      It’s great that you’ve developed a healthy habit of exercise. Keep up the good work and look for more red light stories coming up!

      Stay well and keep Thriving!


  4. This is a fascinating read about mitochondria and the role that they play in the body. And then to see that red light or infra red light can also play a role in the production of ATP, is an absolute eye-opener. So if red light can help to produce more ATP and mitochondria can then repair itself, can red light be used to treat medical conditions like cancer? Or is red light more used for physical injuries like strains and after surgery? Thanks

    1. Hi Line, thanks for reading and commenting. I’m happy you enjoyed the article. It’s great to get to know the insides of our bodies.

      I haven’t seen studies for red light therapy on Cancer treatment. Cell repair is helpful for almost everything, especially degenerative disease like arthritis. However, we wouldn’t want to strengthen a Cancer cell. It’s be hesitant on using it on a tumor without more studies.

      Stay well and thrive!


  5. Hi Al,

    Thanks for your post, I learn new things today! Red Light therapy sounds interesting! It is good to know that RLT is a form of energy medicine, which can heal you from the root as we are made of energy. I have checked your review on RLT and will definitely research more on it.

    Thanks again,


    1. Thanks, Grace for reading and commenting!

      I hope you do check out the Red Light therapy device. It has really helped my pain spots and is now helping my clients. I appreciate your time to read this article.

      Stay well and thrive!


  6. Hey thanks for this post! 

    I’ve always been interested in science especially in our health’s, it’s actually quite fascinating to hear how beneficial red light therapy can be, I wasn’t aware of this before but now that I am, I’m certainly going to do a little more research and see if I should implement it into my routine.

    I think my grandma can definitely use some!

    1. Thanks, Sariyah, for taking the time to read abd comment.

      I highly recommend you to do just that. I’m continuing to use the device with success on any body pain that has arisen. It would be a great gift for your grandma.

      Stay well and Thrive!


  7. Great article, Albert.  I have always looked at mitochondria as something like the pistons in an engine.  They give us our get up and go.  Diet and exercise are huge.  We always hear this, but you have given a simple explanation as to WHY!  Being a big proponent of alternative medicine, I will definitely seek out red light therapy.  Sounds promising.  One last thing, thanks for mentioning refined sugar.  This is one of the most damaging “foods” we can eat.  Minimizing it or eliminating it completely will make us feel a LOT better and get those mitochondria firing .  Well done.  


    1. Thanks, Warren, for taking the time to read and comment.

      I couldn’t agree more about refined sugar. It is a common enemy we all have that works against keeping us healthy. The fact  that it is used as reward and feel good food is criminal. 

      I believe you’ll find Red Light Therapy a helpful addition to your healthy toolbox.

      Stay well and keep thriving!


  8. Hello Albert,

    First time I heard about Mitochondria was during the lockdown due to Covid-19. I started self-education to know more. Then I know they are energy factory of our body. With deep study and following the real medical treatment such you offer in this awesome blog. I understand that I don’t know what I have to know. I just programed.

    Then soon I know about right nitration to produce all required enzymes such as CO=Enzyme Q10 from my food and not from tables or anti-aging creams (they don’t care about us, just want our money).

    lastly, I discovered the red light therapy, and yes, it is first time, I see drug not in pill. After deep reading I discover that this therapy is just simulating of the near-infrared light that released by the sun during sun set (that the red rays come from sun at evening). That is why we feel energized if we attend the sun set.

    Do not be surprise.

    The real cure is available here and now and just want us to increase our awareness so no one invest in our ignorance.

    Have great day.

    1. Thanks you again, Safia, it’s always great to see your insightful comments on my blogs. I appreciate you!

      Yes, the CO-Q10 is vital, I’m glad you picked that up. We’ve talked before about the awesomeness off Red Light Therapy. 

      I Hope you day is as awesome as you are!

      Stay well and Thrive!


  9. Mitochondria is not something that most of us think consciously about all the time, if at all, so thank you for this informative article explaining how it all works.

    Leading a healthy lifestyle is something that most of us strive to do, but don’t always get it right, and it is good to know that there is help at hand with the use of red light therapy. I was just wondering how often you would need to do this to make a difference in the rate that your Mitochondria produce ATP to go to the right places? Also do you use this therapy on sore parts of your body or all over?

    1. Thanks, Michel, for taking the time to read and comment on this article.

      I use the Red Light therapy on any body part that is sore. It stimulates cell repair by helping the mitochondria make more ATP for that particular area.

      Since it has worked so well for me on this small scale, I bit the bullet and purchased a full body light that I can lie under. It’s coming the 21st, so I’ll be writing a future blog on it to let you know what benefits I notice over spot treatment.

      Until then keep thriving!


  10. This sounds fascinating Al and after reading your article I know it’s time for me to do some more research into red light therapy as my body is definitely not working as well as I would like. This system sounds like it could fix a few issues, such as hormones and more weight than I am happy with. I will be reading your other blogs and hope you have found a good product that I will be able to try.

    Thanks so much for this review Al.

    1. Thanks, Lily, for taking the time to read and comment on my article.

      Yes, I’ve been increasing my use in clinic, with promising results. I posted a review of 3 items from the company I chose for my personal devices. Here’s the blog: https://qiworks.net/red-light-

      Stay well and keep Thriving!


  11. Hi Albert! This is a super cool article- thank you so much for taking the time to write it. I remember learning about mitochondria way back when in my biology classes, and I just remembered that they had something to do with energy. But it is fascinating to hear about the reasons we need to directly care for our mitochondria actively and the benefits that will have!

    1. Thanks, Erica, for taking the time to read and comment.

      I’m happy you resonated with the article and it stirred memories of you biology classes.

      Stay well and thrive!


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