What’s So Great About Pyrroquinoline Quinone?

What’s So Great About Pyrroquinoline Quinone?

I know, I know….not that old story. If I had a nickel for every time someone asked me “have you had enough pyrroquinoline quinone today”….I’d be a wealthy woman. You too? Ok, so we’ve never heard of it but we have been eating it and apparently we should be eating even more of this amazing plant based compound that outshines even the A list antioxidants…I’m looking at you Vitamin C.

Pyrroquinoline quinine (from here on out PQQ, to save you having to pronounce it and me having to spell check it) is like the body guard for our mitochondria and it turns out they need pretty tight security. According to www.biologyforkids.com mitochondria “are known as the powerhouses of the cell”, receiving nutrients, breaking them down to their component parts and then producing energy for every cell in the human body. Basically every function you require of your body starts at the mitochondria and even more impressively, “if a particular cell feels it is not getting enough energy to survive, more mitochondria can be created. Sometimes they can even grow, move, and combine with other mitochondria, depending on the cell’s needs”. According to the wise docs at Real Age (including Dr Oz, no less) like all cells, mitochondria are subject to the ravages of life. Everything we do, eating, exercising, even just breathing causes oxidative stress to our cells and “over time damage to the delicate DNA inside mitochondria can accelerate aging and lead directly to degenerative disease”. And that’s where PQQ comes in. PQQ is an uber-antioxidant that protects mitochondrial cells from damage. And dietary PQQ may not only shield these precious cells from harm but also “promote the formation of new mitochondria…in such vital organs as the brain and heart”.

So where do we get this magical elixir with the crazy name? Well, once again it turns out your mother was (and now you are) right. Eat your greens! Green pigmented foods offer the highest nutritional concentration of PQQ. Reach for kiwis, parsley, green peppers, celery, spinach, cabbage, green tea and of course…..wait for it……kale. And in case I have failed to impress on you the importance of this little dynamo, check this out. Recent studies have shown that PQQ may protect against the neurological damage associated with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. And in a test of their ability to perform catalytic conversions (basically reversing oxidative damage), PQQ outperformed Vitamin C by 20,000 to 4.

Do you have someone wee in the house who isn’t going to be so impressed that they suddenly see the benefit of eating broccoli and peas? While supplements are available, research to date seems to show that our bodies have a tough time synthesizing them so food sources are preferable. Tofu, miso and coldwater fish like salmon and tuna also contain PQQ.

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  1. Bonnie Smith
    August 25, 17:57 Reply

    It is really interesting to know how much more potent this is than vitamin c. I wonder how much you reciece in a serving and what size constitutes a serving?

  2. Jamie Gisby
    April 29, 08:50 Reply

    A lovely well written post thank you. a patient was asking me about this and I’d never heard of it. She was thinking about taking a supplement for her fibromyalgia but I would much rather she ate more greens and now I’m informed to give that advise. Super.

  3. langyu.com
    January 10, 18:03 Reply

    George Soros, aunque ha ingresado una tercera de lo ingresado en dos mil siete (ver la lista del dos mil siete , y los cuatro mejor pagados
    del 2005), no creo que este deprimido, puesto que ha ingresado unos $ 1.100 millones.

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