Mitochondria’s main role in the cell is to take glucose, and use the energy stored to make ATP in a process called cellular respiration.This ATP then is released from the mitochondria, and broken down by the other organelles of the cell to power their own functions. In simpler terms, mitochondria use the food we eat and produce energy.
As we age, we lose mitochondria, and the remaining ones do not work as efficiently as they should. This leads to low energy, and slower metabolism.
Mitochondria generate energy within all the body’s living cells and supply the power and energy required for a healthy life span. The heart and brain both have high energy demands and are dense with mitochondria.
The energy generated within the mitochondria exposes them to attack from free radicals. Mitochondrial decay is a characteristic of aging. The only natural way for aging adults to increase mitochondria within their bodies is either intense physical activity or calorie restriction. These are often either difficult or impractical for many people to implement.
PQQ (pyrroloquinoline quinone) cannot be synthesized by the human body, so it must be obtained through a diet of nutrient rich, plant based foods or supplementation. Click here for a chart of food sources of PQQ.
PQQ is thought to have an essential role in the growth of new mitochondria (mitochondrial biogenesis). Studies indicate that as the number of healthy and functioning mitochondria in our cells increase, so does overall health and longevity.
PQQ also has an antioxidant effect. Free radicals (oxidants) can cause damage to cells, tissues and organs, leading to a number of chronic diseases including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune diseases to name a few. Research is indicating that PQQ is more efficient than other antioxidants such as those found in fruits, vegetables, green tea and vitamin C.
As we age, we tend to forget things. Some are not important, but some are very important. The key here is that we are starting a downward progression. While we cannot stop time and its effects, perhaps we can slow it down.
What you need to know about PQQ:
- Mitochondrial malfunction has been linked to virtually all diseases of aging including Alzheimer’s, type 2 diabetes and heart failure
- Researchers have documented evidence of greater mitochondrial damage in the brain cells of humans over 70 compared to those in their early 40’s
- Many scientists feel mitochondrial longevity determines overall longevity
- PQQ has been shown to induce mitochondrial bio-genesis-the growth of new mitochondria in aging cells
- Published studies show that 20mg of PQQ plus 300mg of CoQ10 may help reverse age-related cognitive decline in aging humans
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