Mitochondria: An vitality rationalization for autism | Spectrum
Almost every human cell is teeming with a potpourri of tiny powerhouses: mitochondria. Up to thousands of them. These organelles use oxygen to convert the nutrients from the food you eat into a form of energy that the body can use. The brain uses a large part of this energy – around 20 percent. So, could changes in the mitochondria affect brain function and contribute to autism? Read the related article Meet the “Mitomaniacs” Who Say Mitochondria Are Important In Autism.