Idebenone is a synthetic compound which was first developed by the Japanese pharmaceutical company, Takeda. It is a synthetic substitute for the naturally occurring compound Ubiquinone, more commonly known as Coenzyme Q10. These compounds primarily function by regulating the levels of cholesterol in your body, and tend to decrease as the human body ages. Because of their function and their link to the aging process, there is a general consensus that these compounds can be employed to combat the aging process, although this hasn't been backed up by any major studies.

Idebenone, as an alternative supplement for Coenzyme Q10, can lead to an increase in your energy levels, an increase in the amount of serotonin that your body produces, an overall surge in your brain functions, and, eventually, a steady increase in your rate of cerebral metabolism (How efficiently your brain can process nutrients). Like Coenzyme Q10, Idebenone has the structural potential to act as an antioxidant, combating free radicals and protecting the cells in your skin from some adverse effects of the aging process.

The most common side effects that can occur as a result of using Idebenone are typical allergic reactions, including swelling, itching, and hives. In cases of long term exposure to Idebenone, some consumers have reported lowered levels of blood sugar and lowered blood pressure.

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