I was one of the first doctors to talk about the incredible benefits of the super-nutrient pyrroloquinoline quinone, or PQQ for short.
I was also one of the first doctors to recommend it to patients.
Now I recommend this essential nutrient and powerful antioxidant to almost everyone who comes to see me at my wellness clinic.
Researchers have only just recently begun to understand the many important roles of PQQ on the body’s cellular processes.
Not only does it possess extraordinary energy-giving qualities and have the power to ease nerve pain and battle Alzheimer’s, it has the potential to become the world’s strongest known cancer killer.1,2,3,4
The key to PQQ’s power is the impact it has on mitochondria, the tiny power plants inside each of your cells.
I combine PQQ with CoQ10 for my patients to boost the function of their mitochondria, which use nutrients and oxygen to create enough energy for the cells to do their job.
Now the latest research shows that PQQ may hold the key to battling one of the fastest-growing epidemics of the 21st century – nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.
This disease has become the fastest-rising cause of liver transplants in the Western world and is now one of the leading reasons for premature death in America. And there is currently no cure.
Its causes are closely linked to the skyrocketing rates of type 2 diabetes and obesity over the past couple of decades.
And all find their roots in the explosive rise in sugar consumption – particularly Big Agra’s high-fructose corn syrup, the cheap sweetener that’s poisoning America with its soft drinks, salad dressings, cakes, cookies and even breakfast cereals.
Normally, when sugar is consumed, glucose is absorbed into the bloodstream for energy and driven into your body’s tissues with the help of insulin.
But fructose takes a different path – most of it goes straight to your liver, where it stimulates the production of triglycerides. It is the buildup of these excess triglycerides in the liver that leads to nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.
The condition causes serious liver problems, including painful swelling and scarring that can lead to cirrhosis, liver failure and even death.
But nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is nearly identical to the liver damage seen in heavy drinkers – except, in this case, the damage is done by Big Agra foods and excess weight.
New research now reveals that super-nutrient PQQ can reverse liver damage caused by alcohol.5
And that means it has the potential to do the same for nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.
Now I’m not suggesting you drink Scotch for the PQQ it contains – obviously, that would do more harm than good, given the massive doses of Scotch you would have to drink.
But the latest studies on PQQ are extremely promising…
Researchers force-fed alcohol to rats. And some of the rats were also fed PQQ.
After 10 weeks, the researchers compared the organs of the PQQ group with the non-PQQ group.
They found the PQQ group showed “a remarkable reduction” in alcohol-damaged tissue in comparison with the non-PQQ group. The rats fed PQQ had significantly healthier livers, colons and kidneys.
Researchers even recommended PQQ as an “effective strategy in preventing alcoholic liver disease.”
So if PQQ can prevent alcoholic fatty liver disease, there’s no reason it can’t prevent nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, too.
Scientific research shows that PQQ can stimulate energy and growth in every living organism on the planet.
It is particularly effective on your mitochondria, the biochemical power plants in each of your cells. This is why my patients always tell me how much extra energy they have after taking it.
PQQ has even been found in interstellar dust, provoking speculation that it played a key role in sparking life on Earth.
And over the past few years, PQQ has leaped to the forefront of medical research into anti-aging.
It has been shown to:
- Protect nerves from damage and promote the growth of healthy nerves;6,7
- Protect brain cells from damage by toxic chemicals and biochemicals;8,9,10,11
- Protect the brain from Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s;12,13,14
- Protect the brain from stroke and stroke damage; 15,16,17,18
- Protect against cancer;19,20,21
- Energize the body by supercharging mitochondria.22,23
PQQ is now regarded an essential nutrient, which means that you can’t live without it – but your body can’t produce it either. While PQQ exists in virtually everything you eat, it appears only in trace amounts.
When it comes to foods, the best sources include:24
- Natto (fermented soybeans);
- Green peppers;
But based on several studies, I recommend taking one 10 mg. capsule a day – because it’s very hard to get enough from your diet.
Consider taking PQQ with a reduced from of CoQ10 called ubiquinol. These supplements work well together.
PQQ spurs your mitochondria to produce more energy and it stimulates them to reproduce. But they need the right fuel to take on the new workload.
Usually they rely on fats and sugars, the equivalent of regular gasoline for auto engines. But the supercharged mitochondria also need CoQ10, the equivalent of the explosive nitromethane used in drag racers.
I recommend ubiquinol because it’s the easiest form of CoQ10 for your body to absorb. So when you take it with PQQ, your cells will feel younger and more energized. And so will you.
To your good health,
Al Sears, MD, CNS
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