If you've never heard of PQQ (Pyrroloquinoline quinone), you're not alone.
PQQ is used as a dietary supplement because of its impact on the health and protection of your mitochondria. Mitochondria provide our cells with energy (ATP) and regulate cellular metabolism.
Since mitochondria are the powerhouse of the cell, they're responsible for the proper function of your entire body, cell by cell. More mitochondria means more energy throughout the body and mind.
PQQ is often compared to, or combined with, CoQ10. It has even been called "the other CoQ10" due to its similarities. PQQ is most commonly found in kiwi, green peppers, parsley, tea and human milk.
Cardiovascular Health - PQQ supports heart muscle function, cellular oxygen utilization and cell protection.
Brain Health - PQQ supports nerve growth factor (NGF), neuronal receptor activity and molecular signals that promote mitochondrial function.
Neurons are the cells that transmit messages so our brain can communicate among itself and to the rest of our body. NGF is necessary for the formation and maintenance of new neurons. PQQ encourages growth of healthy neurons to maintain normal cognitive health.
PPQ influences a multitude of physiological and biochemical processes in different ways including redox activity, radical-scavenging activity, and modulation of cell signaling pathways.
Kelly Harrington, MS, RDN
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist for Healthy Goods
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