CoQ10 and PQQ: Better Together!

John Bachman
3 Mins
CoQ10 and PQQ: Better Together!

All About Coenzyme Q10 & Why You Need It

Chocolate and peanut butter.

Lennon and McCartney.

CoQ10 and PQQ.

Individually, they are good. Together, they are phenomenal. These are just three examples in which the sum is more than the whole of its parts. So, what exactly do the Lennon and McCartneys of nootropics do?

What is CoQ10?

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is an antioxidant that occurs naturally in the body. It is found in many foods and can also be taken as a supplement. As is the case with many neurochemical elements, the body’s natural production of CoQ10 declines with age. That’s why it’s especially important as you age to provide the body with CoQ10 supplementation. (Though kids and adults of all ages may benefit from CoQ10 supplementation.)

So, what exactly does CoQ10 do? While PQQ helps optimize the number of mitochondria, CoQ10 is a compound that works within the mitochondria, potentially impacting metabolic processes such as respiration and oxygen utilization. Essentially, CoQ10 contributes to the production of energy in your cells.

This compound affects numerous organs, systems and functions. Low levels of CoQ10 have been linked to conditions such as:

  • Heart disease
  • Brain and neurological disorders
  • Diabetes 

It is unknown as to whether low levels of CoQ10 are a result of these conditions or a contributing factor that cause these conditions. But whether cause or effect, improving levels of CoQ10 in your body may provide benefits and protections to the body and brain.

Benefits of CoQ10

Because CoQ10 is responsible for respiration and energy generation within the mitochondria, healthy levels of CoQ10 may potentially contribute to several benefits:

  • Decreased Fatigue and Increased Physical Performance. Whether you’re looking for a way to boost your workout or just reduce daily fatigue, CoQ10 leads to a decrease in oxidative stress in the cells, which in turn improves mitochondrial functions.
  • Fights Neurological Disorders. Mitochondria are the main source of energy for brain cells. As CoQ10 levels decrease naturally with age, the risk of mitochondria dysfunction increases. This could contribute to cell death, which in turn can cause Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and other forms of dementia. Some studies suggest that CoQ10 supplements may potentially inhibit and even slow early progression of these disorders. CoQ10 can also boost cognition and memory function in those without neurological disorders.
  • Potential benefits against heart disease, diabetes, infertility and more. Because CoQ10 does impact the body at the cellular level, it may be useful in treating, reversing or preventing some health issues. More research is needed, but initial trials indicate positive, hopeful results.

Why Do I Need Both PQQ and CoQ10?

PQQ is a nootropic that supports memory, provides energy, protects the brain and aids mitochondria by increasing their numbers. CoQ10 ensures the mitochondria you do have are functioning at their best. If you have more mitochondria all operating with more “spark,” you could have more energy, healthier cells, and improved brain and body function.

Both PQQ and CoQ10 are related to mitochondria, so don’t they do the same thing? No, CoQ10 and PQQ are not the same. Rather, they support and enhance one another. They make each other better. Together they provide a greater benefit than if taken individually. There is a multiplier effect to combining these two powerful nootropics.

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