Pyrroloquinoline quinone, or PQQ, is what is called a quinoprotein, which is medicalese to mean that it is an enzyme that helps with a specific reaction. Wait, back up, what’s an enzyme? Well, an enzyme is a compound that helps a chemical reaction occur. Chemicals, wait what! That sounds dangerous. Hold up, wait a sec, we have 37 thousand billion billion chemical reactions happening in our body every SECOND
, assuming that Quora answer is correct. Yeah okay let’s put that in perspective. That is 37 times the number of stars there are estimated to be in the observable universe
! WOW, okay, so chemical reactions are important for life. Back to PQQ, now.
PQQ’s mechanism as an enzyme has been shown to have an antioxidant effect, and I am going out on a limb here, but it seems to be associated with the control that it has over the process of molecules gaining and losing electrons, which results in oxidation. It’s probably much more complicated than that, but there you go. What I find more interesting, actually, is the effect that it has on cellular metabolism and respiration, which is probably an effect of this “redox modulation” – the effect that it has in the process of cells gaining and losing electrons, or modulating oxidation, or it’s action as an antioxidant.
Now, when I hear the word “cellular respiration”, it makes me breathe freer. Having struggled with asthma in the past, and being addicted to smoking, my worst nightmare is not being able to breathe freely. Now, I know that the effect of PQQ isn’t on the lungs, it’s at the cellular level, but when I started to study PQQ, ubiquinol, and the like, and I saw this effect of increased cellular respiration, I was excited to try it. Could it make me run further or faster? How about strength training. These are all things that I thought to myself, in a purely speculative fashion, as is usually my pattern of thought.