The Importance of Mitochondria | Energy, Heath, and Longevity

In this episode we unpack the importance of mitochondria.  Inside you lies something so important it controls your energy, health, and longevity. 

Mitochondria, I was taught back in 1984 as a sophomore in Kinesiology, are responsible for energy production. 

Science has discovered that disease and aging is controlled by our mitochondria DNA. But the trillions of mitochondria in our cells do far more than generate ATP energy. They also control all our health, cell signaling, metabolism, longevity, brain, gut, energy, sleep, digestion and well everything. Sadly, as you age, you have fewer mitochondria and the ones that stick around get damaged or die from toxins and poor dietary/lifestyle choices. These mutated mitochondria DNA cause cellular damage, aging and disease. Fortunately you can reverse this downward spiral with the help of spirulina and chlorella algae. Catharine explains the science of how algae effortlessly protects your mitochondria… and thus your life.

My Guest: 

Catharine Arnston is the Founder/CEO/Chief Scientific Officer of ENERGYbits® and expert in algae for wellness, nutrition, beauty, biohacking, mitochondria and longevity. She is a nationally recognized thought-leader, seasoned corporate executive, experienced entrepreneur and sought-after speaker. Catharine has an MBA, BA and is a Board-Certified Health Coach.

Catharine’s journey into the fascinating world of algae began in 2008 when her younger sister was diagnosed with breast cancer and advised by her oncologist that an alkaline diet would improve her healing. Catharine left her 25-year corporate career to help her sister identify which foods were alkaline which led her to discovering algae – the most alkaline, chlorophyll-rich, high-protein, nutrient-dense food in the world.

Algae’s Healing Properties

When Catharine learned that algae’s vast healing properties were documented in tens of thousands of scientific studies but that none of these studies or algae’s benefits were known outside of Asia, she knew she needed to do something. And so ENERGYbits® was born,Catharine has spent the last twelve years researching algae, writing papers, giving presentations, lecturing at conferences, and speaking on 250+ podcasts to explain the benefits of algae. To do this, she has read thousands of scientific papers that validated, and confirmed algae’s extensive nutritional, health, mitochondria, longevity, beauty, brain, performance and sustainability benefits.

Remarkably none of this science is known by consumers outside Asia. It is Catharine’s vision and passion to change this and while she is not a Ph.D., her scientific fluency allows her to explain algae with such simplicity and clarity, it quickly becomes obvious why algae is something we all urgently need.

Even the United Nations and NASA endorse algae as the most nutrient-dense food in the world and the answer to world hunger.

Questions we answer in this episode: 

How was it discovered that algae and chlorella could help with the mitochondrial decline and damage? 

How do spirulina and chlorella algae protect and restore the mitochondria?

What if any negative interactions or risks are there for women- for instance with thyroid issues – what should women on thyroid medication be asking or aware of? 

Why are ENERGYbits algae tablets far superior at protecting health and mitochondria than other less expensive algae brands in Costco or Whole Foods?

36:03 What do you say to those women who feel like the kitchen counter or cabinet has become a pharmacy? No one likes to take supplements.

We’re a society of immediate gratification, how long does it take to feel a difference in energy?

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Resources Mentioned: 

Mitochondria blog at




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