Metabolic Burnout

If you’ve ever felt like you needed a serious energy overhaul, check out Dr. Mark Hyman’s article on the Huffington Post about the effects of oxidation on mitochondria leading to metabolic malfunctioning.  Better known as what can lead to low energy, fatigue, memory loss, pain and rapid aging.  It’s interesting, informative and provides eight ways to give yourself a “metabolic tune-up”.



6 thoughts on “Metabolic Burnout

  1. Great site. Interesting article. Had not heard about the concept before.

    Hyman wrote:

    “Take mitochondria-protective and energy-boosting nutrients such as acetyl-L-carnitine, alpha-lipoic acid, coenzyme Q10, N-acetyl-cysteine, NADH, D-ribose, resveratrol, and magnesium aspartate.”

    What are your thoughts on those? Is it necessary to take supplements or can these nutrients be found in common foods?

    Reading the article lead me to another piece by Mark Hyman about detoxifying. I would be interested in hearing your thoughts on detoxifying in future posts.

    • Thanks for the interest, Pat.
      These nutrients are produced by the body (higher amounts in healthy bodies) for cell functioning, molecules of energy and fat oxidation. Some can be found in herbs or foods, but generally in smaller amounts – that is why supplements are usually taken, but generally for a deficiency/disease/medicinal purpose and are prescribed by a professional:
      I am not an expert, but here is a quick rundown on the nutrients Dr. Hyman listed (Some I was familiar with, others I looked up).
      Acetyl L – Carnitine is produced by the body and can be found in red meat (esp. lamb), dairy products, fish, poultry, tempeh, wheat, asparagus, avocados, and peanut butter. Alpha-Lipoic Acid is made by the body as well and helps to turn glucose into energy; many take supplements esp. for diabetes. Coenzyme Q10 is a fat-soluble vitamin-like substance found in every cell of the body. It is naturally present in small amounts in a wide variety of foods but is particularly high in organ meats such as heart, liver and kidney, as well as beef, soy oil, sardines, mackerel, and peanuts. N-acetylcysteine is an amino acid and taken as a supplement for specific conditions– it’s not found in food. NADH is a coenzyme that helps in the process of energy extraction and not found in food. D-ribose is what makes up the energy molecules like NADH, it’s a natural occurring sugar and is only taken as a supplement. Resveratrol is a plant extract and is found in the skin of dark grapes – this is why red wine is known to be an antioxidant. Magnesium aspartate is a mineral supplement and can be found in nuts, beans, whole grains, green leafy vegetables etc…

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