Idebenone is an extraordinary antioxidant. Studies have shown it to be an effective support for cardiac and all mitochondrial issues such as MS, Friedreich’s ataxia and Leber’s eye disease. Idebenone has been shown to support the Corpus callosum, the contralateral axonal fibers known as white matter that connect the left and right cerebral hemispheres of our brain. As such, idebenone demonstrates an ability to support higher brain functions, memory deficits and brain toxicity issues. Idebenone is highly recommended by the modern medical community for those taking statin (high cholesterol) drugs. Many statin patients experience rhabdomyolysis or intense joint aches caused by such drugs. Many doctors originally recommend idebenone in lieu of Co Q 10 but found that Co Q 10 became overwhelmed with oxidation during the process of converting cholesterol into pregnenolone and ATP in the mitochondria. Idebenone is able to take over where Co Q left off leaving no oxidation trail. In other words Co Q 10 actually becomes part of the problem. Idebenone is so powerful an antioxidant that it is used to preserve organs during transport during organ transplant procedures.
Journal of Neurochemistry Publishes Article - Co-enzyme Q10 and Idebenone use in Friedreich's Ataxia
Friedreich's ataxia is a debilitating progressive neurodegenerative disease associated with cardiomyopathy and other features. The underlying cause is a deficiency of the mitochondrial protein frataxin which causes mitochondrial iron deposition, increased oxidative stress and impaired adenosine triphosphate production. Over the last 15 years, multiple clinical trials have assessed the efficacy of antioxidant agents in this disease....read more