It is considered by biologists to be the energy currency of LIFE. No less. It is the high-energy molecule that stores the energy we need to do just about everything we do. What is it? Adenosine triphosphate (ATP).
~What is ATP?
Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) is the main energy source for the majority of cellular and muscular functions. This includes the synthesis of DNA. Living things use ATP like a battery – storing and using energy when needed and, it seems, in complex ways (a sprinter will use ATP very differently from a marathon runner).
The ATP molecule is composed of three components. At the center is a sugar molecule, ribose (the same sugar that forms the basis of DNA). There is a base (a group consisting of linked rings of carbon and nitrogen atoms); in this case the base is adenine. The third is a string of phosphate groups. These phosphates are the key to the activity of ATP.
~Our bodies and ATP
You’d think that something so vital would be stored up. However, we do not store ATP but manufacture it on an as needed basis via ATP Synthesis (ATP Synthase). It is a little like the process of obtaining and storing food and liquids. Although we need them to survive, we do not stash enormous quantities (camels and hibernating bears excepted) but forage for a top up every few hours.
We metabolize ATP as an energy source and then convert it back again so it is continuously recycled, and at quite a rate. The human body on average stores only 250 grams (8.8 oz) of ATP at any one time, but turns over its own body weight equivalent throughout every day.
~ATP and Aging
Aging is a complex thing and there are lots of things involved, but ATP, or the lack of it, is a leading factor.
~ATP and Mitochondria
ATP is synthesized in the mitochondria. Mitochondria are increasingly associated with the aging process. As we age, the mitochondria in our cells develop genetic mutations that cause them to either degenerate or kick the bucket. With our diminished ability to fix these mutations, the mitochondria die and thus our cells die. So focusing on mitochondria health is one way to help keep ATP going.
Exercise and sleep have a big impact on mitochondria, but what if you have too much pain to exercise, or you have trouble sleeping? This is where MICRONIZED PURPLE RICE can have noticeable impact. Micronized Purple Rice permeates the cell wall, gives the mitochondria the nutrients it needs to push out metabolic waste and “light up” the cell.
Eating micronized purple rice, has started the process in my body of pushing out the metabolic waste, recharging the starved and dying mitochondria with ATP, and has reduced my inflammation and pain to almost zero. Now I feel like I can restart my exercise regime (which will also increase my ATP) and I sleep more deeply (even more ATP!)
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©Paula Singletary 2015