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PQQ Shows Promise for Improving Memory, Thinking

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Researchers are discovering a new vitamin-like compound named PQQ can lead to improved memory and other brain functions.

Parsley, green peppers, kiwi, papaya, tofu and green tea all contain small amounts of pyrroloquinoline quinone, or PQQ for short. Scientists say it helps our cells carry out their basic functions.

Based on the premise that small amounts of PQQ in food promote normal health, scientists have discovered higher doses in the form of supplements led to even greater benefits.

Dr. Michael Murray is one of the world's leading authorities on natural medicine. He has published more than 30 books featuring natural approaches to health. He says PQQ can be especially helpful for people who are suffering from some typical symptoms of aging such as a drop-off in their memories and thinking skills.

"There is sufficient evidence right now showing efficacy and safety for a number of different applications, particularly improving memory and mental functions," he said. "And of course, this is a relatively new substance, so there's going to be a growing body of scientific research."

PQQ acts on the mitochondria in cells. Those mitochondria are responsible for producing energy that helps fuel the brain.

"So if the mitochondria are not functioning up to par, that brain is going to be a little bit dim. So we want to turn that dimmer switch, which is largely related to the activity of the mitochondria, to full strength, and that's what PQQ is able to do," Murray explained.

Murray says PQQ is 5,000 times more effective than vitamin C at fighting diseases caused by free-radicals.

"You have to use the natural form, because the synthetic form there are some concerns about safety and it may not work as well as this natural form of PQQ known as bioPQQ," Murray cautioned.

People over 40 who took 20 milligrams of PQQ a day found that their minds worked better...and even more so when they combined it with 300 milligrams of the nutrient CoQ-10.

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