Simply put, youthful, beautiful skin is a reflection of what is going on inside your body at a cellular level. To understand the entire aging process, one must start at the cellular level. The well-established free radical theory of aging states that mitochondria are the major source of toxic oxidants. The consequence of this destructive activity is an inefficient cell and a body we recognize as aged with – you guessed it – wrinkled skin.
A group of investigators recently reported the results of a study demonstrating a 20% increase in life span in animals genetically engineered to produce an excess of the enzyme, catalase. Is there really one enzyme that can enable you to live longer? If so, how does it work? Can you pop it as a pill?
What are mitochondria, what are their functions and why are they so important? These tiny cellular structures specialize in energy production, but also play a role in aging, cancer, cell death, and degenerative diseases. Virtually all the energy needed for you to go about your daily life ultimately derives from the mitochondria.