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Idebenone chemical structure

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Molecular weight 338.439 g/mol
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Idebenone (pronounced eye-deb-eh-known) is an organic compound of the quinone family and promoted commercially as a synthetic analog of Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10).

Idebenone is claimed to have properties similar to CoQ10 in its antioxidant properties.[specify]

CoQ10 is one of life's most essential biochemicals, hence its title "ubiquinone" (ubi=ubiquitous).

Idebenone is different from Coenzyme Q10 in one very important way. During a hypoxic (low oxygen) condition, CoQ10 can switch function from an anti-oxidizing to an auto-oxidizing process. This auto-oxidation rapidly produces free radicals which damage the tissues of the body.[verification needed]

Idebenone is said to perform the same functions as CoQ10 without the risk of an auto-oxidation reaction.{{verify source]}}

Idebenone is said to promote NGF (nerve growth factor) in the brain.[verification needed] It appears to reduce tinnitus (ringing in the ears).[verification needed] Idebenone has also been used in topical applications to treat wrinkles.

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