Benfotiamine is a synthetic S-acyl derivative of thiamine (vitamin B1).
- Low thiamine levels are linked to a range of health problems, including nerve and heart disorders. Since benfotiamine appears to have higher bioavailability and absorption by the body than thiamine, some people use it to increase their thiamine levels and manage certain health conditions.For example, benfotiamine is often touted as a natural remedy for the following:
- Back pain
- Diabetes: Benfotiamine may be of some benefit to people with diabetes, according to a study published in Diabetes Care in 2006.
- Diabetic Neuropathy: Several small studies suggest that benfotiamine may aid in the treatment of diabetic neuropathy (a condition marked by nerve damage that results from a diabetes-related elevation in blood sugar levels).
- Alzheimer’s Disease: Benfotiamine shows promise for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, according to a small 2016 study published in Neuroscience Bulletin. Five participants with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease took benfotiamine (300 mg daily) for 18 months.
- Although little is known about the safety of taking benfotiamine for an extended period of time, there’s some concern that benfotiamine supplements may trigger certain side effects (such as upset stomach and a decrease in blood pressure).
- The safest and most effective dosage of benfotiamine is presently unknown. If you’re considering the supplement, talk with your health care provider to determine which, if any, dosage of benfotiamine is right for you.
- Also, keep in mind that the safety of supplements in pregnant women, nursing mothers, children, and those with medical conditions or who are taking medications has not been established. You can get more tips on using supplements here.
rINN, or S-benzoylthiamine O-monophosphate
Source: Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benfotiamine