Mitochondrial support

March 20, 2022

by Karen Unsworth Berger, BAA, TFH


All of the body’s cells except red blood cells contain organelles called Mitochondria, which act as our cells’ batteries or electrical energy generators producing about 90% of our body's energy.  Morley Robbins MBA, CHC and author of "Cu-RE Your Fatique: the Root Cause and How to Fix it on Your Own", explains that the average cell contains 500 mitochondria.  Specialised cells in the liver contain 2,000 mitochondria, kidney cells 4,000 mitochondria, heart cells 10,000 mitochondria, mature eggs in a woman's body have anywhere from 100,000 to 600,000 mitochondria, and the substantia nigra in the brain has 2 million mitochondria per neuron.  Since mitochondria are so specialised, requirements to keep them healthy may vary slightly depending on the type of cell and how much activity takes place there.  If our mitochondria are healthy, cells have all the energy they need for cell maintenance and repairs.

Chemicals in our environment and foods, EMFs from environmental radiation, and medications such as the recent Covid 19 shots, are main factors that are toxic to mitochondria. There may be evidence that corn, in sensitive individuals, may have a negative effect on the mitochondria, especially in the liver.  This may be a factor in metabolic disorders, manifesting as weight gain for no apparent reason. Corn is hidden in many processed foods and baked products, condiments, soups, and sugars. 

These are some easy ways to regain our mitochondrial health, and maintain it in the future. 

It is always best to receive your nutrients from whole organic foods

whenever possible. Supplements are an excellent option for travel and eating out!

Top Interventions for Mitochondrial Support

There are a variety of interventions which appear to have an affinity towards mitochondria in specific types of cells – some interventions are nutritional, and others are energetic/electrical.  Ubiquinol (Co-enzyme Q10) and Sulforaphane are two priority nutritional elements for the mitochondria.  It may not be necessary to take supplements for them regularly if you are efficient with your cooking - foods such as organic eggs, broccoli, broccoli raab, broccoli sprouts, and cauliflower, are very high in both nutrients.  

The most effective of these approaches for mitochondrial support are:

1.  Ubinquinol (Co enzyme Q10):  Ubiquinol is a vitamin-like substance that’snaturally made in our bodies and plays a critical role in the creation of cellular energy. We make less of the heart-healthy nutrient starting around age 40.  Ubiquinol is a reduced form of Co enzyme Q10, which is more bio available.  It is one of the few antioxidants that work both in the fatty parts of our body (such as cell membranes and LDL cholesterol) and also in the mitochondria where energy is manufactured. Like car engines produce exhaust, the mitochondria have their own form of exhaust filled with free radicals. Ubiquinol is the only form of CoQ10 capable of protecting the mitochondria and their lipid membranes from free radical attack.

Dietary sources include:   fatty fish such as mackerel, sardines, wild sockeye, grass fed beef, miso and tofu (or fermented soy products), spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, walnuts eggs, broccoli sprouts, cooked organic tofu, green beans, and peas.  

Suggested daily dose:  1 capsule per day, or 3 servings of foods rich in Co enzyme Q10. (Note that many foods rich in sulforaphane are also high in Co-enzyme Q10.) 

2.  Sulforaphane:  This is a natural sulfur rich compound found in abundant food sources. It is especially beneficial for mitochondrial support if you have received any Covid 19 shots, but specifically for several months after the mRNA. Sulforaphane has been shown provide powerful health benefits and may be taken in capsule form for convenience, and ideally in the form of whole organic foods.It is especially effective against cancers such as colon cancer, and may also beneficially affect heart disease, diabetes, and digestion issues. 

Dietary sources include:  broccoli, broccoli sprouts, broccoli raab, radish, watercress, arugula, bok choy, kale, cauliflower, cabbage, kohlrabi, as well as eggs, grass fed meats, garlic and onions/shallots/leeks.

Suggested daily dose: 4 capsules or 3 servings of sulforaphane rich foods. If you don't get in 3 servings, take capsules to replace it. 

NOTE: Broccoli, broccoli sprouts, broccoli raab, cauliflower, and eggs are   

abundant in both Ubiquinol and Sulforaphane!

3.  30 second CARDIO burst to produce Nitric Oxide (NO): “All out” energetic exercise such as jumping jacks or exercise bike. Do for 30 seconds, lie down/rest until heart beat returns to normal, then repeat.   This will produce Nitric Oxide (NO).  Nitric Oxide is a free radical, however it causes the cells to produce more mitochondria to clean up the extra free radicals, which ultimately reduces the load on each mitochondria. 

Frequency suggestion:  Once a day

4.  Electrical support:

3 quick exercises for the electrical system:  Repeat 2 x day for 6 weeks. If you are doing the "long term support" listed below, after 6 weeks reduce to 1 x day. Magnesium (see #7) is also directly related to electrical support.


Ionization breathing: 

Ionisation breathing is simply alternate nostril breathing - breathing deeply in one side, and out the other side.  (It is refered to in yoga as alternate nostril breathing.) Use your thumb and 4th finger to close off one nostril as you breath in, and the other as you breath out.  Our nostrils produce positive ions in one side, negative in the other, then they switch sides.  Ionization breathing helps to balance our electrical system. 

Method:  Cover ie. your left nostril with your thumb and deeply inhale through your right nostril.  Hold your breath briefly as you switch fingers then exhale out your left nostril.  Inhale deeply through your left nostril, then cover your left and inhale through your right.  Keep breathing back and forth about 10 cycles. Do it quite quickly. 

Left Right Polarity

Left right polarity is a PKP electrical correction developed by Bruce Dewe MD in PKP Kinesiology. (It also happens to be a quick correction if your leg length suddenly becomes uneven.) We have 3 acupuncture meridians (rivers of energy associated with organs) running down the inside of the arms and another 3 running up the outside.  When we switch hands and massage the points, we are harmonising  these meridians, which are part of our electrical system.) 

Method: Make "hitchhiker fists" - a fist with your thumbs extended, cross your wrists and place your thumbs under your collar bones, which are the ends of the kidney meridians - K27.  Massage thumbs quickly in about 10 small circles, then move the bottom hand so it is on top, and continue.  Repeat each side.  

Electrical Field Regeneration

Hold either one or both hands over your heart area, in the center of your chest. Move them about 1" away from your body and hold them there for about 20 seconds.  It is possible you will feel heat or "activity" such as tingling when you do this. 

Frequency:  Repeat these 3 consecutively, 2 x day.  Compliance is easier if you can integrate it into  a routine such as when you brush your teeth, or with regular yoga or other exercises. (Repeat 3 x day if you are focusing on mitochondrial function of the brain.) 

5.  Chlorella: This is a nutrient dense, detoxifying algae food which also provides support and detoxification to the mitochondria.  It comes in pressed powder tablets, capsules, and loose powder.  Because it's a food, recommendations correctly recommend a high number of tablets per day, so you may want to save the tablets for travel, and use the loose powder in foods - it combines very well with avocado in guacamole, or blueberries with yoghurt or smoothies. 

Portion suggestion:  Total 2 tsp a day for at least 1 month.  It's a good idea to continue taking chlorella on a permanent basis due to it's high nutritional value and detoxification properties.

(See chlorella recipes in "Our biological Fountain of Youth?" mitochondria blog.)

6.  Beet/celery juice:   For simplicity’s sake you can make your own mix with 1tsp beet powder and 1tsp celery powder, and ¾ cup spring water.  Structure the drink by stirring briskly 40x left, 40x right, creating a vortex.  Powders are processed, and structuring re-integrates the structure of the cells in a blended or processed beverage, increasing life force energy and absorption.

If you make your own fresh juice, mix it 50/50 with spring water, and structure as above.

Portion suggestion:  3/4 cup per day

7.  Magnesium: Magnesium is used up in large amount from EMF exposure, and for this reason, plus mineral depletion of our soils, it is a primary nutrient deficiency. It is also a priority for optimal functioning of electrical signals within the body. Dose suggestion: Use topically as oral magnesium supplements are not well absorbed. Use in a spray or cream on the chest and throat, for better absorption, or take Epsom salts baths – ideally 2 cups in the bath every 2nd day if unless you are also using a spray.

8.  Ginkgo Biloba: Studies show that Ginkgo Biloba flavonoids taken orally do in fact cross the blood-brain barrier, have a specific benefit to brain cells, and enter the central nervous system or rats. The antioxidant properties of Ginkgo Biloba help to neutralize free radicals and aid in the reduction of damage to vessels all over the body, including the brain. Because it is able to cross the blood brain barrier, is has many benefits to the brain including improvement of cognitive function, reduce anxiety, and support vision.  

Suggested daily dose: 2 caps per day, or as recommended by manufacturer. (3/day if you are focusing on mitochondrial function in the brain.) 

9.Vitamin D:  Ask your doctor to monitor your vitamin D levels regularly. Dr. Zoltan Rona ("Vitamin D- the Sunshine Vitamin), states "Vitamin D is really not a vitamin but a steroid hormone precursor that plays a major role in many diseases. It is created under the skin by ultraviolet light.Vitamin D deficiency or insufficiency (sub-optimal levels) plays a role in causing seventeen types of cancer (especially breast, prostate and colon) as well as heart disease, stroke, hypertension, autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis, diabetes, depression, especially seasonal affective disorder, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, muscle weakness, muscle wasting, birth defects, and periodontal disease. For those who cannot tolerate the sun and prefer to take supplements, Dr. Reinhold Vieth PhD, researcher at the University of Toronto, notes that vitamin D toxicity begins at 40,000 IU daily only after many weeks of use. Taking 10,000 IU daily for months at a time provided there is no sun exposure is perfectly safe. Blood levels can be done periodically to verify this."

Suggested daily dose: Approx. 5,000-6,000 (5-6 drops) per day


Interventions to focus on for specific concerns...

It is clear that Ubiquinol is a priority for many types of cells, so it is a good one to add to your supplementation programme.  The electrical corrections and NO are quick, free, and effective, so should also be also be part of your daily routine. 

If you have specific concerns and would like to give support mitochondria in those cells, check the list below and be sure you are using all of the interventions for that cell type, if possible.

Always check with your health care provider before starting supplements as they may have

interactions with medications. 



Bones:                 NO, Sulforaphane, Vitamin D, Magnesium

Bone Marrow:     Electrical, Sulforaphane, Magnesium, Beet/Celery juice

Brain:                  Beet/Celery juice, Electrical (3 x day), Sulforaphane, Ginkgo Biloba (3/day)

Breast tissue:    Electrical, NO, Ubiquinol

Eyes:                    Ubiquinol, Beet/Celery juice,  Flavanoids (blueberries, elderberry)

Heart:                  Ubiquinol, NO, sulforaphane,  electrical exercises

Immune system (General):  Electrical exercises, NO, Chlorella, Sulforaphane

Kidneys:              Beet/Celery juice, Ubiquinol,  NO

Liver (Metabolism/weight):   Chlorella, Ubiquinol, Electrical, Beet/Celery juice, NO

Lung tissue:       Ubiquinol, Turmeric blend, Sulforaphane,  Beet/Celery juice,

Lymphatic system:  NO, Beet/Celery juice, Sulforaphane, Flavanoids

Lymphocytes:    Sulforaphane, Ubiquinol, NO, Electrical

Muscle:                Ubiquinol, Sulforaphane, NO, Electrical, beet/celery juice

Nervous system: Ubiquinol, Beet/Celery juice, Sulforaphane, Electrical 

Neurological:      Ubiquinol, Electrical, NO, Sulforaphane,  Magnesium

Pancreas:             Sulforaphane, NO

Reproductive organs:  Ubiquinol, Sulforaphane, Magnesium, NO

Skin:                         Ubiquinol, Magnesium, Sulforaphane, NO

Spleen:                    NO, Ubiquinol, Beet/Celery juice, Electrical

Teeth:                      Vitamin D, magnesium, 

Throat/mouth/esophagus: Beet/celery juice, Chlorella, Ubiquinol

Thyroid gland:     Sulforaphane, Magnesium, Electrical

Thymus gland:      Ubiquinol, Beet/Celery juice, NO, Chlorella


Vitamin D