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Mitochondrial Health and the Aging brain

Mitochondria, the body’s cellular energy powerhouses, help provide energy to the aging brain. This review investigated the specific role the mitochondria play in brain aging. Results showed healthy mitochondria may delay brain aging by targeting toxic free radicals, and thus, preserving mitochondrial function is an important goal.

October 28, 2022

Key takeaways

Age is the main risk factor for chronic diseases, including neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s.

The mitochondria are the body and brain’s cellular powerhouses, providing needed energy to reduce disease risk.

By targeting harmful free radicals (a.k.a. unhealthy scavengers), the mitochondria may reduce the oxidative stress that leads to brain aging.

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Amandine Grimm, Anne Eckert

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