This video explains the role of the mitochondria in your body, going into depth on the importance of their function. Essentially, they work as the powerhouse of your cells, fueling your body with energy much like how gasoline fuels a car. It’s important to keep your mitochondria healthy so your body functions properly, but increased allostatic stress loads can damage them. Without healthy and plentiful mitochondria and cells, you may be more susceptible to certain disorders, including schizophrenia, bipolar, dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and diabetes. If you are someone with a mitochondrial disorder, keep in mind that certain statin medicines, psychotropic medicines, and other kinds of drugs may have potentially dangerous side effects.