Red light therapy’s effects are foundational to optimized wellness, as it optimizes our cellular functions. One of the keys is the energizing effect red & near infrared light therapy has on the cells’ mitochondria. Mitochondria are the tiny organelles in human cells that generate energy. Called the “powerhouses of the cell,” mitochondria convert nutrition into ATP (adenosine-5’-triphosphate), which is essentially cellular rocket-fuel! [A]
Any dysfunction in the mitochondria, whether by aging or disease, has reciprocal effects on the body. The effects reduce energy production and access to oxygen, which can have a cascading of negative effects on the rest of our bodies. In fact, many researchers believe that mitochondrial dysfunction is at the root of all chronic diseases, and has recently been proposed as the key to longevity & increased lifespan.
One area that has seen a positive impact is in the brain, with injuries like traumatic brain injury (TBI) and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s.
Damage to the mitochondria can also reduce the body’s ability to manage pain, which is evident in conditions such as arthritis and fibromyalgia.
Red and near infrared light therapy, with its ease of application and lack of side effects, is an invaluable tool for sustaining overall health and wellness because it stimulates the production of ATP energy in the mitochondria. It also works specifically on brain cells, making it an increasingly popular tool for doctors treating mental illness or traumatic brain injury.
Combine that with its already proven effects on pain, inflammation and healing, and you begin to see what makes red light therapy such a preferred option for overall wellness.