Everyone occasionally suffers with low energy and fatigue. You usually bounce back, however sometimes if you suffer with constant low energy, it could be something happening in your cells.

What is Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP)?

All living things need a continual supply energy to function.

Mitochondria are the power source in all our cells. It is here that ATP is produced.

ATP is a molecule found in all living cells. It captures chemical energy from the breakdown of food and releases it to provide fuel for many functions in the body.

Cells need chemical energy for transporting substances across membranes, for mechanical work such as moving muscles and many other functions.

APT is made in the mitochondria of cells. One glucose molecule makes 38 ATP molecules in a process called cellular respiration.

The ATP molecule is made up of three parts. At the centre is a ribose molecule (pink),attached to this on one side is an adenine group (red) and on the other side is a row of phosphate groups (blue).

How ATP works in the body

When energy is needed, ATP loses one of the phosphate groups on the molecule which in turn releases a lot of energy. This energy can then be used to contract muscles, build proteins or other functions. The adenosine triphosphate then becomes adenosine diphosphate, or ADP.

The reverse is also important. ADP can have a phosphate molecule added back on using energy from food, and stored until it is needed. So the ATP is acting as a chemical battery, storing energy and releasing it when needed.

Ways to get enough ATP

ATP is made from the food we eat and the oxygen we breath. Eating a healthy balanced diet with good carbohydrates proteins and fats, and not overeating is better for our energy. Overeating increases risk of weight gain and this in turn means our body has to work harder to move. This uses more ATP and lead to a feeling of low energy.

Get enough sleep as this can increase ATP levels. Good bedtime routine and supplements such as Ashwagandha and magnesium may help you get a good night’s sleep

Co-enzyme Q10 is a vitamin like substance which is found in all cells of your body. It is an essential component in the production of ATP in the mitochondria.

Co-Q10 is fat soluble and having supplements with food helps absorption into cells. Black pepper extract, BioPerine, has also been found to increase absorption of Co-enzyme Q10!

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