Emerging evidence suggests mitochondrial dysfunction can cause or contribute to many psychiatric and neurologic disorders. To promote metabolic and mental health, it’s crucial to better understand mitochondria and what we can do to keep them healthy.
As Dr. Martin Picard explains, mitochondria are small components of cells that are involved in just about every disease process, and by extension, in every aspect of promoting health. Since mitochondria are where we transform food energy into energy our bodies use, it makes sense why they are so important for health and longevity. Dr. Picard from Columbia University is one of the most prominent mitochondrial researchers, and he joins us to discuss all things mitochondria-related – from the basics of what mitochondria are and how they function, to the three most important things we can do to keep our mitochondria healthy.
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Martin Picard, PhD
0:00 Introduction to Dr. Martin Picard
3:16 What Are Mitochondria and Where Are They?
9:04 Ecosystem of Mitochondria
10:25 Mitochondria and Disease
16:38 Genetics and Mitochondria
19:18 Lifestyle Choices for Poor Mitochondrial Health
22:08 Impact of Psychological States on Mitochondria
25:55 Medications and Mitochondrial Dysfunction
32:12 How to Improve Mitochondrial Function
Link to Dr. Picard’s talk from the inaugural Metabolic Psychiatry Conference in 2022
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