Idebenone Benefits and Side Effects for Anti-Aging

Idebenone is an experimental anti-aging drug intended to fight the effects of Alzheimer’s disease and other disorders involving the deterioration of mental capacity. It is also being investigated for uses against neuromuscular disorders.

It has been shown to enhance memory and learning in mice, and there has been some evidence indicative that it may have the same effect on humans. There is not yet any conclusive hard evidence on the subject.

In a one year test on people suffering from Friedreich’s ataxia, a disease which deteriorates the nervous system and leads to heart problems, idebenone was shown to lower the rate of deterioration of heart function. In another experiment, it was also shown to have a positive effect on neurological function, but only in younger patients.

Idebenone has been shown to protect cells from oxidation, to help prevent sunburn cells from growing, and to fight wrinkles. It is a synthetic version of coenzyme Q10, an antioxidant that helps power plants inside each cell of your body from deteriorating with old age. This helps to keep the heart, brain, and skeletal muscles from deteriorating with old age, since these are the types of cells whose power plants wear down the most over time. The idea is that it should do the same for skin cells.

Unlike its natural analogue, idebenone has the property of continuing to work well in the body’s biochemistry when oxygen is low, helping to protect cell damage that would otherwise occur as a result of low blood oxygen. It can also help with serotonin production, which helps to fight clinical depression.

Idebenone appears to be safe for most people, although at this time it may not be safe if you are pregnant or breast feeding. It can also lead to dizziness, causing you to feel off balance, headaches, general uneasiness, disturbance of your sleep patterns, and gastrointestinal problems.

Whether or not you choose to use idebenone is up to you. While there as been quite a bit of evidence regarding its antioxidant effects, the direct evidence of its beneficial effects for uses other than the treatment of Alzheimer’s is still preliminary, and how it compares to other, similar drugs is yet to be determined. If you are a naturalist, idebenone should be avoided, as it is synthetic in nature. If you don’t want to spend your money on something unless the evidence behind it overpowering, it would be wise to hold off until more trials are conducted. But if you are interested in trying something relatively new to see how it works for you, idebenone may be the right choice.

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