MITOCHONDRIAL DYSFUNCTION IN ME/CFS
Mitochondrial dysfunction has been found in people with chronic fatigue syndrome.
What are 'mitochondria'?
Mitochondria are the nuclear powerhouses of a cell.
There are about 500 of them in every cell.
They transform glucose and oxygen, into an energy-rich substance called adenosine triphosphate (ATP), with the waste product carbon-dioxide.
The process used to make ATP is called oxidative phosphorylation.
The whole process can be viewed as cellular respiration.
One molecule of glucose can be converted into 38 molecules of ATP by mitochondria.
In this way, energy can be managed more efficiently by using small amounts of ATP for small reactions instead of wasting the energy of an entire glucose molecule.
ATP drives nearly every cellular process that takes place in your body.