Research is pointing to PQQ as the next nutrient superstar. PQQ is found in plant foods (parsley, green peppers, tofu, kiwi and green tea). Discovered in 1964, it was not studied in depth until the last 10 years.
Dr. Michael Murray feels that PQQ offers a wide range of benefits for your whole body and brain, basing this comment on clinical studies.
PQQ is extremely helpful in maintaining mitochondrial energy production and is a very effective antioxidant. It also has the ability to stimulate the growth of new mitochondria throughout the body .
As we age, our cells lose mitochondria. Mitochondria are the source of energy production at the cellular level. Mitochondria are sometimes described as “the powerhouse of the cell” because they generate most of the cell’s supply of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), used as a source of chemical energy. In addition to supplying cellular energy, mitochondria are involved in other tasks, such as: signaling, cellular differentiation, cell death, and maintaining the control of the cell cycle and cell growth. Mitochondria have been implicated in several human diseases, including mitochondrial disorders, cardiac dysfunction, and heart failure.
In a published study in 2010 in The Journal of Biological Chemistry, researchers found that in addition to sustaining mitochondrial energy production, it also stimulates mitochondrial bio-genesis (the growth of new mitochondria).
The cardiovascular system benefits also, as a 2006 published study in The Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology and Therapeutics pointed out. The researchers found that PQQ seemed to be more effective than metoprolol (beta blocker) in reducing oxidative damage after a heart attack and resulted in reduced area of cardiac tissue death, and improved overall cardiac function.
As we age, the number of mitochondria in our cells get significantly lower. Therefore our energy production goes down and down. Supplementing with 20mg of PQQ over time has been shown to increase the number of mitochondria in our cells. This along with C-Q10 may help in the future as we age. PQQ is not the answer to anti-aging. We need a good lifestyle, which inlcudes a solid nights sleep, exercise, relaxation, a clean healthy diet in order to help our body run properly and heal. The addition of PQQ along with the above list may help us as we age and help lessen the loss of our “powerhouse of the cells”.
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