How to Boost ATP Levels
Adenosine triphosphate, or ATP, is known as the main energy source for cells in the body and aids in various functions like muscle contraction and protein production. While there are no known ways to definitively increase the amount of ATP your body produces, there are supplements that may help boost levels of ATP. Before you take any supplements to increase your ATP levels, talk with your health-care provider. These supplements may not be safe for everyone and can cause adverse interactions with some medications.
Consume a creatine supplement. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, the loading dose for exercise performance is typically 5 g creatine, four times a day for one week, and maintenance is 2 to 5 g daily. Creatine is an amino acid naturally made by the body and can be converted into ATP, particularly during exercise.
Take 30 to 200 mg daily of coenzymeQ10, or CoQ10. This compound is involved in the body's production of ATP and helps increase energy levels. Since CoQ10 is fat-soluble, it is best absorbed by the body when taken with food. Taking it at night may also yield better results than taking the supplement in the morning.
Consume a B-complex vitamin. B vitamins are necessary for the body to produce energy, states the American Cancer Society. Vitamin B-1, or thiamine, is especially necessary for the production of ATP. Taking a B-complex ensures that you are getting all eight B vitamins necessary for optimal bodily functioning.
Do not take any supplements or vitamins without first consulting with your health-care provider. Creatine and CoQ10 may not be safe for everyone to use and can interact with medications or medical conditions. Let your doctor know about any other drugs or supplements you are using, to minimize the risk of adverse interactions.
Jaime Herndon has been writing for health websites since 2009 and has guest-blogged on SheKnows. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and women's studies, she earned a Master of Science in clinical health psychology and a Master of Public Health in maternal-child health. Her interests include oncology, women's health and exercise science.