- Idebenone is a man-made product similar to coenzyme Q10.
- Idebenone is used for Alzheimer’s disease, liver disease, and heart disease; as well as a number of inherited disorders including Leber’s disease (an eye condition), mitochondrial encephalomyopathies (nerve and muscle disorders), and Friedreich’s ataxia (a nervous system disorder that worsens over time, producing gait and speech problems, and eventually leading toward heart disease and diabetes).
- Treating Alzheimer’s disease: There’s some evidence that taking idebenone slows the decline of thinking skills in people with Alzheimer’s disease. Idebenone appears most effective in patients with moderately severe Alzheimer’s disease.
- Idebenone seems to have antioxidant activity, and appears to protect a wide variety of cells from oxidative damage.
Idebenone seems safe for most people.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of idebenone during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Source: WebMD, “Idebenone”, www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/