Have you heard of the superfood supplement PQQ? Probably not. When you think of the word "superfood," you most likely pictureВ kale, quinoa, green tea, blueberries,В or similar foods that are rich in chlorophyll, protein, and antioxidants. It's important to remember, though, that they're healthyВ becauseВ of the vitamins, minerals, and good-for-you ingredients they contain, not in spite of them. For example, kale isn't healthy because it's kale. It's healthy because of the bountiful nutrition it contains that benefits your mind and body (think vitamin K, iron, calcium, vitamin C, and more).В В
The newest superfood to take over the wellness conversation isn't technically a food at all. It's a specific compound that's foundВ insideВ different health foods (looks like the wellness world is getting more specific). It's called pyrroloquinoline quinone, and according to nutritionistВ Isabel Smith, it's known for supporting metabolism, energy, and mental focus, though it also may reduce inflammation and provide an antioxidant effect.ВUrban Outfitters
Smith says that although she doesn't recommend PQQ for all of her clients, she does recommend it for some, especially thoseВ who could use more energy. "PQQ is a compound thatВ helps support the mitochondria/energy support for the cell, so it'sВ involved with energy production," Smith says. "Some find it helpful with mental focus too." Scientific studies back this up.В One study in particular concluded that adding dietary PQQ to participants' meals, resulted in strong evidence that it "enhanced mitochondria-related functions." Similarly,В another study discovered that it could stimulate and regulate metabolic processes in animals. And as we all know, a fast and healthy metabolism results in increased energy, a healthy body weight, and a stronger immune system. All good things, right?В
Well, the benefits may extend even past that.В Some studies have found that PQQ works much like an antioxidant. It has been shown to lower oxidative stress and extend theВ lifespan of certain organisms. This is significant because oxidative stress is something our bodies are continually assaulted with, especially in urban environments where pollution tends to pose a more considerable threat (this is the reason some people have taken to practiceВ anti-pollution skincare routines, in order to lower free radicals, oxidative stress, and signs of aging on their skin).ВTazo Zen Green Tea $9Shop
Then there are its possible effects on inflammation. One study found that PQQ has the ability to calm inflammation, some of which can contribute to diseases of the nervous system. In some cases, it acts as a neuroprotectant, actually helping preserve memory, nervous system function, and reasoning. In other words, science says that PQQ can be a super-important brain food. That's probably why Smith says that some of her clients report better mental focus and clarity after incorporating more PQQ into their diet.
As if the brain benefits aren't enough, another study showed that PQQ improved heart health in lab mice, so much so that scientists speculate it could prevent heart attacks and assist the heart in healing its tissue.
Clearly PQQ has major benefits for the mind and body. Since health is what we aim for, how can we incorporate more PQQ into our diets? Because it's not a traditional superfood, it's hard to know which fruits, vegetables, and dishes it can be found in. Luckily, Smith says it's totally easy and accessible to incorporate. She says to look for it in "parsley, green peppers, kiwi, papaya, tofu, and green tea."Now Foods PQQ Energy Veg Capsules $30Shop
Many people argue that healthy fruits and vegetables that happen to be rich in PQQ are enough to encourage and maintain your health. But if you do feel you need better energy and cognitive support, or you want to incorporate more, there are a whole host of PQQ supplements on the market. Just to be clear though, there doesn't seem to be a clear-cut consensus among expertsВ on whether or not they are necessary. Always be sure to consult a doctor or registered nutritionist before taking new supplements or changing your diet.В