Ep. 36 - The Mitochondria and You: Understanding Free Radicals and Oxidative Stress



Episode 36

Mitochondria are often referred to as the powerhouse of the cell. They are responsible for producing adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the primary molecule used by cells as a source of energy, and also play a role in other cellular processes, including signalling, cellular differentiation, cell cycle regulation, and cell growth. 

In this episode, Nicole explains the importance of protecting mitochondria from damage to prevent chronic illnesses, and ageing. Nicole highlights the role of antioxidants and certain nutrients in protecting against oxidative stress, and also shares practical dietary tips for incorporating these nutrients into your diet to support mitochondrial health and, by extension, overall your well-being.

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Episode Timestamps


Understanding mitochondria: the powerhouses of cells


The vital role of ATP in energy production


Exploring the impact of free radicals on health


The body’s defence against oxidative stress


Nutritional strategies to support mitochondrial health


The importance of mitochondrial health for overall well-being

“It’s really important that we make these nutrition and lifestyle choices that can help support out mitochondrial health, and help impact the speed of this damage so that we can slow things down and help mitochondria to functional well, for longer.”


Essential learnings from this episode…

Understanding the direct link between mitochondrial health, cellular health, and illness prevention

How we can protect mitochondria to slow down decline in function

The importance of maintaining optimal mitochondrial function for overall health and well-being

The role of antioxidants in neutralising free radicals and preventing cellular damage

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Hey there, I´m Nicole


Functional Medicine Practitioner
Registered Nutritional Therapist BANT CNHC
Registered Nutritionist BANT
Podcast Host – The Goode Health Podcast
Media Contributor – Women’s Health, Marie Claire, Thrive Global
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Founder of The Goode Health Clinic – WINNER Best Functional Medicine Clinic UK 2023 

Nicole is one of the UK’s leading voices on immune health and optimal health, a specialist in autoimmune diseases, further specialised into thyroid, brain and fatigue conditions and optimising health for ambitious high achiever’s. Providing bespoke, personalised functional medicine programmes for clients worldwide.

Nicole has partnerships with worldwide global leaders in functional medicine including practitioner only supplement companies, testing laboratories (inc. from USA), to assess health, discover underlying imbalances and root causes of sub optimal health. In doing so Nicole works with clients on their own personal health history, root causes and genetics to achieve long lasting, effective results, providing optimal health status.