What is PQQ?
Pyrroloquinoline quinone, or PQQ, is a coenzyme that was identified in 1979. There is some controversy on whether it should be classified as a vitamin. By definition, a vitamin is a substance that is necessary for normal function of the body, but is not produced in adequate amounts by the body itself. It therefore must be supplied through your diet. As of today, it is not considered a vitamin.
Many experts believe that enough research has shown that PQQ plays a critical role in human health. Similar to B vitamins, you only need a small amount of the substance to realize its benefits. And, it appears that humans do not have the ability to manufacture the substance within their bodies. That’s why some researchers have classified it as an essential micronutrient.
Interest in PQQ spiked several years ago when a NASA probe called Stardust brought back interstellar and comet dust. When an international team of scientists began to examine the returned particles they found PQQ within the cosmic dust. It was the same type of the substance found in almost every cell of every living entity on earth.
This coenzyme has been shown to protect existing mitochondria from oxidative damage. Studies have also demonstrated its remarkable ability to create new mitochondria. This is important because it’s the decline and deterioration of mitochondria that scientists believe is the primary cause of aging.
In one study published in The Journal of Biological Chemistry, researchers infused active PQQ compounds into aging animal cells. The results showed that PQQ increased levels of PGC 1-alpha—the human chemical that triggers mitochondrial growth. In addition, the number of mitochondria increased.
Another study conducted at the VA Medical Center at UC-San Francisco found in animal studies that supplementation of this coenzyme resulted in support for heart health and increased mitochondrial energy production.
The substance’s ability to support cognitive health was demonstrated in one double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial in Japan. Adults aged 40-70 were divided into two groups. One group received 20 mg of PQQ daily, while the control group was given a placebo. After a 12-week period, the PQQ group showed a trend towards higher cognitive function.
Until the discovery of PQQ, there were only two known ways to promote the growth of new mitochondria: exercise and calorie restriction. But through diet and supplementation we now know we can increase our levels of the nutrient.
PQQ is found naturally in some foods. Good sources include papaya, natto (fermented soybeans), kiwi, parsley, green pepper, and spinach.
Our Advanced Cell Rescue provides 10 mg of PQQ daily, along with other powerful antioxidants to help you fight the signs of aging and keep your vital systems running the way they should.