I lied to you.
I tell patients that partners have equal responsibility in making sure that they BOTH should strive for optimal health since they're each contributing 50% of their child's DNA.
That's not the whole story.
Yes, it's true that one copy of the nuclear DNA comes from you and one from your dude (whether he's yours or from a catalog).
However, most people don't realize that our cells actually have another set of DNA.
Picture your cell, let's say an egg cell, as a car (your choice of model - doesn't matter). The engine for your egg is the mitochondria - the organelle that provides energy.
The egg has the most mitochondria of any cell at 100,000-600,000 PER cell as compared to a liver cell which has only 1,000-2,000 per cell.
Without mitochondria, the cell will die. No mitochondria --> no energy.
The interesting thing is that ALL of our mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) comes from our mother. Daddy's mtDNA gets wiped out. We don't know why yet.
This knowledge gives rise to the idea that there's a "Mitochondrial Eve", a woman from whom all living humans inherited their mitochondrial DNA. Kinda cool, huh?
The problem with mtDNA is that it's very susceptible to damage because it floats in the free space of the cell and isn't protected in a bubble, like nuclear DNA is. They also don't have the numerous repair mechanisms that nuclear DNA has.
I guide my online fertility coaching clients on how to increase the number of mtDNA and efficiency of the existing ones.
If you're interested in my teachings, I'm working on version 2 of the program and will re-launch in November. So don't go anywhere!
In the meantime, I would love it if you can encourage anyone you know struggling to get pregnant to sign up for my daily emails at zenfertility.com/top10.
Natural Fertility Eggspurt
The Real Deal:
- Natural Fertility Coach
- Licensed Fertility Acupuncturist for 18 years
- Master in Traditional Oriental Medicine, Magna Cum Laude
- B.S. Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, UCLA