Adenosine triphosphate: The molecular unit of currency

So you may be wondering, what exactly is adenosine triphosphate (ATP) and how does it relate to mushrooms? In the world of health and wellness, ATP has become very popular in recent times, but what is ATP and how does it work?

Biologically, ATP or adenosine triphosphate is an organic compound that provides energy to drive many processes of living cells. In other words, ATP is the primary energy carrier in all living organisms on Earth and is used in common processes such as photosynthesis, fermentation, and cellular respiration. ATP is found in plants, fungi, bacteria, and animals and is therefore central to the health and development of all life.*

Cellularly, ATP is found in the mitochondria, which are now referred to as the energy center of the cell. Cells are made up of complex, self-replicating processes that make life possible and require energy. Therefore, energy is the ability of an organism to do work to create change and requires ATP to accept and release energy.*

So where does ATP come from? The sun!! The sun is the main source of energy for all living things. Plant cells produce ATP through light reactions in chloroplasts during photosynthesis. They then use this ATP to make sugars like glucose. Animal cells form ATP by breaking down glucose which takes place in the mitochondria. So the energy your body uses every day literally comes from the sun!

Energy and ATP are vital to our normal functioning.* Energy is needed to maintain physical movement, maintain body temperature, and monitor the body’s metabolic activities. In our body all physical movements are based on ATP. Our body has three energy systems that produce ATP, these are the ATP-PCR system, the glycolytic system and the oxidative system. The ATP-PCR system is activated by movements that last about 5-15 seconds, such as power movements such as the golf swing, jumping, or throwing a ball. The glycolytic system relies on glucose and glycogen which are stored forms of carbohydrates to produce ATP during 1- to 2-minute maximal effort movements. Finally, ATP is produced through the oxidative system that can produce ATP for a long time, such as when we ride a bike or go for a long run.

If ATP metabolism is not working properly, there is a synaptic damage that can cause cognitive functional declines and can affect our central nervous system. Additionally, this can affect our sense of strength and coordination, as ATP is stored in the muscles.

In our “on the go” world it can be hard to feel energized and rested. Often, we stay up late, we have work, outside activities, relationships and general responsibilities to attend to. All of these can take a toll on maintaining our optimal energy levels. Fortunately, some functional plants and mushrooms help support energy production at the cellular level, such as Cordyceps militaris*. Cordyceps militaris is found in Mushrrom Revival’s ENERGY tincture for energy and endurance support*, occasional stress adaptability*, athletic performance* and metabolic function*

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