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What is PQQ—and should you be taking the supplement?

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If you haven’t heard of PQQ yet, that’s about to change: Short for pyrroloquinoline quinone, the vitamin-like compound is making waves in the wellness world for its body-boosting abilities. But is it actually worth picking up a bottle of the stuff?

While PQQ comes as a supplement, there’s a good chance you’re already getting some of it naturally: Found in different products—like kiwi, tofu, green peppers, papaya, and green tea—the compound, which helps your cells create energy, is said to help with your metabolism and mental focus, nutritionist Isabel Smith told Byrdie. It’s pretty much what makes many superfoods…super.

PQQ helps with your metabolism, energy levels, and mental focus.

Aside from helping take your energy levels from blah to #goals, one study found PQQ also acts as an antioxidant, helping to lower oxidative stress. Furthermore, other researchers discovered it can calm disease-causing inflammation. Basically, the tiny little compounds do some seriously impressive stuff.

If you want to reap the benefits, fill your plate with the already-healthy foods rich in PQQ. Prefer to take the supplement? Byrdie reports that plenty of options are available that can help give your body a boost. But, as always, it’s smart to consult an expert before adding it into your diet.

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