By Kennedy Shelley
This little discussed supplement might be the secret to stronger bones.
Men and women both lose bone density as they age.
Men too often think this is only a problem for women, but as testosterone levels drop, men lose bone mass too.
If you want to keep the problems associated with hip fractures away, then you want to keep your bones healthy and that should include taking PQQ.
I had ignored much of the hype surrounding Pyrroloquinoline quinone (PQQ) because it sounded too good to be true.
Here is a supplement that is supposed to help restore cell health and give you more energy.
And then the journal Nature published a glowing study showing that many of the claims were true. Nature is one of the most respected scientific journals in the world.
They test every claim before they publish an article.
Unlike many journals they stay away from industry backed studies, and don’t rely on big Pharma to buy reprints of their articles in order to make money.
In June of 2018, they published one of the most important works on PQQ which showed just how much PQQ helped the body strengthen itself from oxidative stress.
It turns out that increasing PQQ did help with body repair at the cellular level.
A study published in the American Journal of Translational Research looked at mice with very low testosterone to see if PQQ would stop the bone loss.
It turns out that it did, using the same mechanisms brought up in the Nature article.
Two years later the International Journal of Biological Science published a similar study on female mice with low estrogen, and the same effect was shown.
In other words, PQQ turned out to be a fantastic supplement to maintain bone health that has just not been recognized by most of the world.
For years, supplement manufacturers have mostly pushed increased calcium in the diet because that is what bones are made of.
But studies started showing real problems associated with high calcium, hypercalcemia being the worst.
It turns out that the body just can’t utilize calcium for the bones without the proper amounts of other minerals and even vitamin D.
Too much calcium in our system and not in the bones was leading to constipation and was possibly linked to hardening of the arteries.
But PQQ helps the bones by reducing the oxidative stress allowing bones to get stronger without the dangers of increasing your calcium levels.
There is more growing evidence that PQQ helps the body in even more ways too. See this article in Freedom Health News.
PQQ is not classified as a vitamin, nor is it listed as an essential nutrient.
We don’t create it in our own body which means we have to eat it.
Where do you get PQQ in your diet?
Eggs and dairy, have it, as well as the obscure fermented soy called natto from Japan.
It is found in trace amounts in many foods, but many are finding that simply supplementing with 20 mg a day is the easiest way to increase their daily supply.
Here’s a link to the supplement I now take every day.