PQQ and Coenzyme Q10 – Powerful Nutrients for Your Health

By Dr. Linda J. Dobberstein, DC, Board Certified in Clinical Nutrition

July 31, 2017

PQQ and Coenzyme Q10 – Powerful Nutrients for Your Health
PQQ and CoQ10 may seem to be alike in many ways. They both provide mitochondrial and antioxidant support. Both help with heart and brain health and other organs that require a lot of energy. The difference is they do it through different mechanisms, but the beauty of PQQ and coenzyme Q10 is that they work together, like a delicate dance. Each one is important, yet they complement each other's function. New research continues to show the benefits of these powerful nutrients to support brain health, nerves, bones, kidneys, heart health, and more.

What are PQQ and Q10?

PQQ (pyrroloquinoline quinine) works as an antioxidant and functions like a B vitamin. Perhaps one of the most defining characteristics for PQQ is that it is involved with mitochondrial biogenesis, i.e. the birth of new mitochondria. It is also involved with the synthesis of nerve growth factor, nerve receptor function, cell membrane protection as an antioxidant, and helps the utilization of cellular oxygen. PQQ is a redox agent or an extremely powerful antioxidant, more so than other antioxidants. PQQ is considered the most powerful redox agent, as it can be used and recycled up to 20,000 times before it is depleted. It is 5000 times more potent than vitamin C as a redox agent.

Coenzyme Q10 functions as an antioxidant just like PQQ. It is directly involved with the mitochondria making energy. CoQ10 acts like a spark-plug inside the mitochondria that engages the aerobic respiration process to make ATP/energy.

In short, PQQ helps make new mitochondria and coenzyme Q10 help mitochondria do their job. Both are needed by energy-intensive organs like the heart, brain, muscles, kidneys, etc. Researchers continue to study both nutrients and confirm their impressive benefits.

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