Nutrition Evidence Alert – January 2023 – Mitochondrial Health

Mitochondrial Health – Your Monthly Alert

This month our focus is on mitochondria, exploring the science behind micronutrients and dietary patterns in relation to these vital cellular components.

2 new Expert Reviews

Urolithin A improves muscle strength, exercise performance, and biomarkers of mitochondrial health in a randomized trial in middle-aged adults. Cell Reports Medicine. 2022. Guest Expert Review by Gilian Crowther

Combined epigallocatechin-3-gallate and resveratrol supplementation for 12 wk increases mitochondrial capacity and fat oxidation, but not insulin sensitivity, in obese humans: a randomized controlled trial. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2016. Guest Expert Review by Gilian Crowther


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Our choice of podcasts

Dr Ruscio in conversation with Ari Whitten

How to keep your mitochondria healthy for better energy – Dr Ruscio Radio

Alex Manos in conversation with Ray Griffiths

Mitochondria in health and disease – The Healthpath Podcast

Blog post of the month

From the Institute of Functional Medicine

Fasting and Mitochondrial Health – Institute of Functional Medicine

Your Reference Library

For practitioners, researchers, policy makers and students with particular interest in this area, here’s our long list

Lipids activate skeletal muscle mitochondrial fission and quality control networks to induce insulin resistance in humans in Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental. 2021

Exercise twice-a-day potentiates markers of mitochondrial biogenesis in men in FASEB Journal : Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology. 2020

From mitochondria to healthy aging: The role of branched-chain amino acids treatment: MATeR a randomized study in Clinical Nutrition (Edinburgh, Scotland). 2020

The mitochondria-targeted antioxidant MitoQ, attenuates exercise-induced mitochondrial DNA damage in Redox Biology. 2020

A novel oral nutritional supplement improves gait speed and mitochondrial functioning compared to standard care in older adults with (or at risk of) undernutrition: results from a randomized controlled trial in Aging. 2021

Supplement with whey protein hydrolysate in contrast to carbohydrate supports mitochondrial adaptations in trained runners in Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. 2020

Effects of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy on Mitochondrial Respiration and Physical Performance in Middle-Aged Athletes: A Blinded, Randomized Controlled Trial in Sports Medicine – Open. 2022

Hydrogen-rich water reduces inflammatory responses and prevents apoptosis of peripheral blood cells in healthy adults: a randomized, double-blind, controlled trial in Scientific Reports. 2020

Mitochondria-targeted antioxidant supplementation improves 8 km time trial performance in middle-aged trained male cyclists in Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. 2021

The Effects of Korean Red Ginseng on Biological Aging and Antioxidant Capacity in Postmenopausal Women: A Double-Blind Randomized Controlled Study in Nutrients. 2021

A high-carbohydrate diet lowers the rate of adipose tissue mitochondrial respiration in European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2022

Coenzyme Q10 for heart failure in The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2021

Effect of mitochondrial-targeted antioxidants on glycaemic control, cardiovascular health, and oxidative stress in humans: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials in Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism. 2022

Effect of Urolithin A Supplementation on Muscle Endurance and Mitochondrial Health in Older Adults: A Randomized Clinical Trial in JAMA Network Open. 2022

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Our Fact Sheets provide a simple overview of many common diseases and symptoms.

Our Fact Sheets provide an overview of many common health conditions and symptoms that can be supported with personalised nutrition and lifestyle interventions. Download our latest fact sheet on Mitochondrial Dysfunction to better understand the role of mitochondria in health and disease.

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Back in February 2021, BANT launched its Food for your Health campaign to highlight the role of nutrition in supporting many common condition as well as address the rise in diet-induced illness and  encourage people to look at their diet with new eyes, and adopt a food-first approach as prevention for chronic disease. The aim for the campaign is twofold, to distill nutritional science into practical client-friendly resources which educate on the importance of good nutrition, healthy food choices, and supportive lifestyle habits such as regular physical activity, sleep and stress management and secondly, to give individuals greater autonomy over their health outcomes.

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