I think it is safe to say that we all want to age gracefully and stay young throughout our lifetime. In today’s world, we are all looking for that quick fix to get rid of those wrinkles or this next superfood that will supposedly make you live until you are 150 years old. The term “anti-aging” gets thrown around a lot. It’s very easy to get caught up in the madness. Believe me! I know the feeling and I have gotten sucked into it big time. What I’m about to tell is something a little different than what you are used to hearing. This goes back to the basics of how we use and generate energy in our bodies. I’m talking about our Mitochondria. Let’s begin!
Now we all know that the powerhouses of our cells are the mitochondria. Here is where things get interesting. So within our mitochondria we have this fat-soluble compound called coenzyme Q10 otherwise known as CoQ10. Its purpose is to fully optimize our mitochondria’s function and protect it from free radical damage. Now that we have our cells protected by CoQ10, is there someway that our bodies can actually make new mitochondria even into advanced age when most people’s CoQ10 have dropped compared to someone in their late twenties and early thirties (Downey, 2013).
PQQ stands for Pyrroloquinoline quinone. This coenzyme has the capacity to turn on genes that spark mitochondrial biogenesis. This fancy name basically means the formation of new mitochondria in older cells. This is a remarkable finding and a potential secret anti-aging weapon for anyone who wants to slow the aging process. The essence of life is the energy we generate and carry out in our lives internally. So it would be wise to consider looking into supplementing your lifestyle with CoQ10 + PQQ to maximize the potential anti-aging benefits that comes with it and also consuming more foods rich in CoQ10 like beef heart, liver and sardines (Ehrlich, 2015).
Downey, Michael. “Three-Step Strategy to Reverse Mitchondrial Aging.” LifeExtension.com. LifeExtension.com, 4 Aug 2013. Web. 16 Aug 2015.
Ehrlich, Steven D. “Coenzyme Q10.” University of Maryland Medical Center. A.D.A.M, 2 Jan. 2015. Web. 16 Aug 2015.