The Bucket Brigade Hiding Inside Your Mitochondria

Bucket Brigade cartoon

Nano Version Of The Above Group In Cells

The power within each and every one of us depends upon the bucket brigade. Everything in the body that requires energy must have something to pass around that energy.

Our body is composed of about 57,000,000,000,000 (57 trillion) cells. Each one of these cells has an energy producing little organ called an organelle.


Cross-Section of A Mitochondrion

This power producing energy organelle is called a mitochondrion. The bucket brigade is located on the inner lining of the mitochondrion.

The food we consume, gets ultimately broken down into a sugar called glucose. The body then breaks up glucose into electricity (electrons). We are the body electric. Your body runs on the same thing that powers your lights, vacuum cleaner and refrigerator. That thing is the parade of electrons. In the mitochondrion of each cell, on the inner lining, a group of nutrients called Coenzyme Q10 (ubiquinone family) passes electrons down in a bucket brigade fashion. The final step is turning ADP to ATP. When the D changes over to T, potential energy becomes the active current energy to run the cell. In addition to passing around energy packets, it also acts as a powerful antioxidant.

Coenzyme Q10 is made by the body. It is also found in the diet. Highest amounts are found in nuts, oils (sesame and corn), meat, fish and chicken. As we age, the levels of this nutrient may drop significantly. These decreases have also been shown in patients having diabetes, some cancers and congestive heart failure. If these situations lead to deficiencies of coenzyme Q10, the result may cause extreme mental and physical fatigue. Why? The energy is not being channeled properly within the mitochondrion because of low coenzyme Q10 levels. Ultimately, cells are producing less energy with less contribution of the coenzyme.

Supplements are available. I always recommended supplementing with foods rather than taking supplemental pills. Always question your cardiologist, endocrinologist (diabetic specialist), oncologist or your family doctor concerning energy levels, your medications and coezyme Q10.



Nuts with highest amounts of coenzyme Q10 are walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, pistachio nuts and peanuts.

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