The Basics of Natural Supplement ATP
In this health video you will learn the basics of natural supplement ATP ( adenosine triphosphate)
Raena Morgan: Hi, I’m Raena Morgan with iHealthTube and we’re visiting today with Dr.
Eli Rapaport. We’ve been talking earlier about your background, how
many years have you been studying ATP?
Dr. Eliezer Rapaport: A long, long time.
Raena Morgan: A long, long time?
Dr. Eliezer Rapaport: I got my PhD in 1971 and at that time I moved to Boston, and to the
Massachusetts General Hospital. And, I became interested in ATP and
cancer and cell proliferation. And, it has been 40 years since I started my
PhD, which was also related to ATP. And today, although here I am
representing PSI Health Sciences, and explaining about the oral
supplement; it goes by the brand name—Peak ATP.
Raena Morgan: That’s the oral supplement?
Dr. Eliezer Rapaport: Yes, which is the extra molecule, the ATP disodium, I also, my other
interest now is involved in a company called ATP Therapeutics that
develops therapeutic indications for ATP, mostly for terminal diseases for
which there is no cure.
Raena Morgan: Okay. Would you tell our viewers exactly what ATP is? In a nutshell?
Dr. Eliezer Rapaport: Yes. ATP is a molecule that is comprised of 3 distinct molecules. There is
the adenine part, than the sugar—the ribose and they are both connected.
And then the sugar is connected to 3 phosphate groups, that why it’s called
adenosine. Adenosine means the adenine and the sugar triphopsphate.
Now, the energy of ATP is in the 2nd to 3rd phosphate bond. When this
bond is hydrolyzed energy is released.
Raena Morgan: Energy is what we’re talking about?
Dr. Eliezer Rapaport: Right.
Raena Morgan: Energy in the body, the energy currency of the body—the universal energy
Dr. Eliezer Rapaport: It is, but as you will see, when we are talking about Peak ATP, it does not
directly replace the ATP that is lost. It improves the cellular energetics by
a round about way—by stimulating blood flow, by stimulating the uptake
of sugar, by stimulating oxygen disposal, by removing waste products like
lactic acid and ammonia and so forth. Now I would like to mention one
more thing if you’ll let me, Raena.
Raena Morgan: Certainly.
Dr. Eliezer Rapaport: When we are talking about ATP as a nutritional supplement, we are also
talking about adenosine because adenosine is the --- product for ATP in
vivo. And adenosine has as important a role as ATP. Just to give you an
example, it is now well established that adenosine is the major signal for
sleep. It determines the onset of sleep, the duration of sleep, and the
quality of sleep. But this is in the central nervous system in the brain.
Raena Morgan: Adenosine?
Dr. Eliezer Rapaport: Yes, and the ATP that we are giving as a nutritional supplement, in the
short term, does not cross the blood/brain barrier. But adenosine is a major
player as much as ATP is.
Raena Morgan: And, it signals the body when to go to sleep?
Dr. Eliezer Rapaport: Right, the same way that ATP signals a lot of other [things.] In other
words, what happens here is [that] the evolution has utilized this ancient
molecule for modern signals. To give you two other examples—taste
buds, when you taste there are a lot of taste receptors. Now, the difference
is in the taste receptors, not in the way they convey the taste to the brain.
The way the taste receptors—there are receptors for salt, for sugar, for
pepper, for vinegar and so forth and combinations thereof—now the way
they convey the signal to the brain is through a mechanism called a
serance mechanism. In other words, the taste receptor releases a molecule
that interacts with the receptor with a protein molecule that senses, and
then the protein molecule sitting on the nerve endings sends the signal to
the brain. Now, the molecule is, in all cases, ATP. Now, another example
is [when] blood oxygen goes too low, the body needs to have a signal for
involuntary breathing, and the signal, again, is ATP and [in] this way [is]
secreted by the carotid artery, by the carotid body that sits behind the
carotid artery. When the carotid body senses that the oxygen level in the
blood is too low, the glauma cells in the carotid body release ATP, and
again, by this serance mechanism, whereby [they] interact with ATP
receptors [and] a signal is sent to the brain, and then involuntary breathing
Raena Morgan: Okay, well, thank you Dr. Rapaport. We’re happy to visit with Dr.
Rapaport and we will do so again. Thank you.
The Basics of Natural Supplement ATP
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