Idebenone is a biochemical variant of CoQ10, an essential antioxidant that occurs in the body naturally. It plays a critical role in metabolism and protects cells from damage. In addition to acting as a powerful antioxidant in mitochondrial membranes, it also supports the mitochondrial respiratory chain. Mitochondria are the cell’s power plant. They’re responsible for putting the oxygen we breathe to work.
As an antioxidant CoQ10 also helps to neutralize free radicals, hence protecting the cells by reducing oxidative stress in the body. Oxidative stress can result in inflammation, cellular apoptosis, tissue damage and even cell death. It has also been linked to a range of disorders including Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Without the antioxidant life would cease to exist. Idebenone, being superior to CoQ10, performs better and much longer in a low oxygen environment.