PQQ is the most unusual molecule your brain will ever experience. One molecule can do the work of 20,000 molecules. I’ll tell you more about that in a moment.
PQQ is pyrroloquinoline quinone. It is found in many foods. Parsley, green bell peppers, spinach, kiwi, and papaya. Green tea and oolong tea have higher levels of PQQ than other foods. Our body cannot make PQQ. Low levels of PQQ can lead to serious health problems.
PQQ improves health throughout the body but most notably the brain. In most cells in our body, there are organelles called mitochondria. The main role of mitochondria is to break down glucose and produce energy.
We lose mitochondria as we age. The aging processes also cause mitochondria to decay and become less efficient. Mitochondrial malfunction has been linked to nearly every disease of aging. PQQ is responsible for the growth of new mitochondria and the reconditioning of failing mitochondria.
PQQ protects the neurons in the brain. It increases the production of nerve growth factor and stimulates neuron growth. Most people notice enhanced cognitive performance, especially with memory and attention.
PQQ is an antioxidant and significantly reduces the levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), a measure of inflammation in the body. Free radicals attack every cell in our body every second of every day. An antioxidant like vitamin C can provide electrons to neutralize free radicals.
Vitamin C can be reconstituted four times before its effectiveness is used up. Most antioxidants can be used once to fight a free radical. A single molecule of PQQ can be regenerated 20,000 times or more. It is like the Timex watch commercial, “It takes a licking and keeps on ticking.” One molecule of PQQ is like an army of antioxidants.
Studies have shown that Alzheimer’s disease has several causes. One cause is the accumulation of a deformed protein called amyloid-beta. This deformed protein causes brain cell damage and death. PQQ can pass through the blood-brain barrier and protect the brain. It can save dying brain cells and reverse the effects of the amyloid-beta proteins.
The primary culprit of Parkinson’s disease, another brain disease associated with aging, is the protein called alpha-synuclein. It is toxic to brain tissue. PQQ protects the brain tissue against the toxicity of alpha-synuclein. Most of this protection is in the form of antioxidation.
Mind your PQQs to enhance cognitive function, protect your body’s cellular power plants, and to reduce the risk of age-related diseases.