Research

Red Light Therapy Effect On Cellular Function, ATP Energy Production

Many think red light therapy is a new health trend that will quickly fade, but it's here to stay. And there's a good reason why. Red light therapy not only has been around for decades but works wonders on the human body safely and naturally.

It's been around for over five decades but has recently gained traction in the health community. It's non-invasive and non-pharmacological treatment option to solve many issues like skin health, muscles and tissue injuries, or depression.

But while we want to share the benefits with you, it's important you educate yourself on what red light therapy is and the science behind it.

Cells, what are they?

Before we jump deep into the science of it all, we'll need a quick biology lesson. Cells are more or less the building blocks of life that you, I, and all others are made of.

Countless numbers of cells are collected together to form every living creature around you. So, needless to say, they're pretty important when it comes to life, good health, and growth.

They transport nutrients and oxygen, among other things, throughout the body and turn it all into the energy we use. This storage and use of energy from the cells are called ATP, and it is vital for the human body. It is also something that red light therapy can help promote naturally.  

What are the mitochondria in cells?

Cells have many internal parts that each have their own job; the nucleus, for example, acts as the sort of 'brain' of the cell and holds all the important DNA information. Another important component of cells is the mitochondria, the powerhouse (as we all remember from high school science class).

The mitochondria oversee all the energy, signaling, steroid synthesis, and cell apoptosis. Basically, what this all means is that it takes nutrients we intake and turns it all into ATP energy for our bodies to use.

What is Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP)?

As previously stated, ATP, or its full name adenosine triphosphate, is the energy molecules that are made and stored inside of our cells, which makes up our entire body. So basically, the more the body is able to make and use this energy, the better it can function overall.

ATP is created from the air we breathe and the food and drinks we consume; producing this molecule inside our body keeps us running.

How does red and NIR light Increase ATP production?

So, after all this scientific lingo, you're probably wondering how red light can help create ATP? The infrared light that is emitted - via a red light therapy device - combined with heat penetrates the skin and is absorbed directly by cells.

These cells take that light and turn it into ATP energy more effectively and efficiently because now they are being boosted by the red light. The light promotes healthier cells with stronger structures and higher-performing parts, making everything run smoother in a natural way. So to promote the crucial ATP energy production inside the body, red light therapy is very useful.