I recently posted a link in which the pentagon was found privately funding research teams to explore the aerobic condition of sled dogs. An ex Navy SEAL/ now Ultra Runner friend of mine just recently contacted the lead scientist on this research program about the VO2 max and Mitochondrial Energy Production findings. His discussion raised questions about the probability and or possibilities to physically increase your own condition by implementing a diet consistent with sled dog diet during the work up to long races such as the Adirondack, where dogs are running sub 4 minute miles for 60-70 miles.
On the “Canine Diet” the dogs Mitochondrial Energy Production (MEP) goes through the roof, What does a human need to eat to increase their own MEP?
Focus on a diet that holds the biofactors that enhance mitochondrial function and production
resveratrol, quercetin, procyanidins, catechins, hydroxytyrosol and pyrroloquinoline quinone
Here are things to boost and protect your mitochondrial
Exercise—interval training increases the efficiency and function of the mitochondria and strength training increases the amount of muscle and number of mitochondria.
Eat whole real, colorful plant food—8-12 servings of fresh vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts, seeds, and whole grains every day, they are full of antioxidants and phytonutrients.
Take mitochondria protective and energy boosting nutrients such as acetyl-L-carnitine, alpha lipoic acid, coenzyme Q10, n-acetyl-cysteine, NADH, D-ribose, resveratrol, and magnesium aspartate.
Increase omega-3 fats to help build your mitochondrial membranes.