Idebenone is a synthetic drug with a very similar structure to the body antioxidant coenzyme Q10 that was initially developed to treat brain conditions. Idebenone may also be beneficial for genetic disorders with impaired mitochondria function
Idebenone has a similar structure to ubiquinone (coenzyme Q10), which is an antioxidant that also has an essential role in mitochondrial energy production. Idebenone is claimed to be helpful in a number of diseases stemming from mitochondrial dysfunction. Because of its antioxidant ability, it is thought to boost skin health and play a beneficial role in the health of brain cells.
Idebenone can prevent brain cell damage caused by glutamate. It also increases the levels of nerve growth factor (NGF), a neurotransmitter responsible for the growth, development, and survival of brain cells. Increased NGF levels can improve overall cognitive function.
May improve cognitive decline in people with types of dementia.
May help with some rare hereditary disorders such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy and Leber’s disease.