Potential Benefits of Taking PQQ Supplements and/or Increasing Pyrroloquinoline Quinone Intake
Searching for the Potential Benefits of Taking PQQ?
If you are the type of person that concerns themselves with optimal nutrition, you probably have noticed that a few forward-thinking nutritional companies have added some sort of pyrroloquinoline quinone supplement to their line of products and are marketing the potential benefits of taking PQQ. Pyrroloquinoline quinone is quickly gaining in popularity as a potent antioxidant, rivaling both resveratrol and quercetin as the most beneficial nutraceutical of the three.
The purported benefits of pyrroloquinoline quinone supplementation include:
- An overall improvement in energy levels
- Improved cognitive function and memory
- Reduction in mitochondrial degradation
- Cardiovascular improvement
- Increased skin elasticity
- Potential neuro-protectant
- Enhanced nerve growth
So what do we know for sure so far about PQQ? We know pyrroloquinoline quinone is required in the human diet; without PQQ our biochemical functions would cease to operate properly. In the 2003 Nature article Nutritional biochemistry: A new redox-cofactor vitamin for mammals the researches Takaoki Kasahara and Tadafumi Katopropose proposed that PQQ should join niacin and riboflavin under the umbrella of B vitamins. However, it is now generally accepted that pyrroloquinoline quinone is not a vitamin.
The original claim by Kasahara and Katopropose was likely due to misinterpretation of the data in the Nutritional biochemistry: A new redox-cofactor vitamin for mammals article. It is now generally believed in the academic community that (rather than a vitamin) pyrroloquinoline quinone is better classified as one of a few bio-available compounds that can act as a cell signaling molecule.
Pyrroloquinoline quinone is prevalent in many foods associated with a healthy diet, so people that eat well-rounded meals should get enough to sustain their biological need. It is a water-soluble compound making it difficult to achieve PQQ toxicity. In short, if you would like to take a PQQ supplement — absent of health problems — there should be little concern. Pyrroloquinoline quinone is now being heavily marketed to those concerned with “aging well”. That is despite the fact that to date no published research exists using any type of whole organisms that addresses whether or not methoxatin has an independent or direct influence on aging. All of the work linking pyrroloquinoline quinone to aging is inferential and is based on PQQ’s ability to optimize mitochondrial function.
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