Mitochondria and Energy
The mitochondria are structures inside each individual cell that produce the energy the cell needs to function. With age or disease, mitochondria activity decreases – a major factor in lowering an organism’s metabolism. As metabolism declines, energy production also diminishes. This unfortunate decline in mitochondrial activity, metabolism and energy is believed to occur in those with chronic liver disease. In 1999, California researchers investigated alpha lipoic acid supplementation’s effects on metabolism. They found that a diet infused with ALA drastically improved mitochondrial function, metabolism and energy levels.