Pyrroloquinoline quinone is a compound found in green pepper, kiwi, papaya, tofu and green tea. It is yet to be considered a vitamin by itself but it has been established as a vital nutrient for growth and development. Specifically, PQQ promotes cellular growth and development. It is extremely powerful as an antioxidant and has been shown to be able to stimulate repeated oxidation. In comparison to other Vitamins like Vitamin C, PQQ has been shown to be able to perform oxidation cycles well in excess of 20,000 times as compared to 4 times for Vitamin C. PQQ plays a vital role in stimulating the development of mitochondria or the energy cells in our body. It does this by both protecting damage to the mitochondria through an oxidative process and also helps develop new mitochondria.
PQQ has therefore been shown to be a powerful agent in arresting aging and even in helping people with neural degenerative diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimers and many other chronic degenerative diseases. In animals testing has been done using PQQ along with COQ10 another well known enzyme that promotes the health of the cells in your body. Similar trials are underway in human beings and the results are awaiting publication. PQQ is active on its own without COQ10 but has been found to be more effective in conjunction. PQQ has also been shown to protect cognition and memory in in both animals and humans.
So if you are worried about aging or have a elderly aunt, uncle or parent who forgets the book they were reading or worse has already shown signs of loss of cognition, talk to your doctor about PQQ. For the rest of us, it has yet to be shown to have any side effects and therefore is worth considering as a supplement as some doctors call PQQ the elusive fountain of youth.
Once again, my gratitude to Ravi for pointing me to PQQ. Please follow me on twitter @rbawri