Benfotiamine – what is it?

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By Dr. Holly

Another big word – is it important – well all you really need to know is that Benfotiamine is an analog of Vitamin B1 (thiamine).  It is lipid soluble (means it readily moves across the intestinal membrane.  What it does is what is so fascinating about it.  They are found in roasted garlic, onion, scallion, shallots and leeks.  What is interesting perhaps is that this compound has been marketed in Germany for over 40 years as a prescription drug – but yes it is found in garlic and onions!!

Why would you want to make sure you got enough of it?  Well, it reduces the progression of :

  1. diabetic nerve damage (neuropathy)
  2. diabetic retinal damage (retinopathy)
  3. kidney damage
  4. endothelial dysfunction
  5. peripheral vascular disease
  6. and relieves the symptoms of diabetic neuropathy!!!

Not only that, clinical studies have shown that it reverses diabetic neuropathy AND improved nerve function and the alleviation of pain!!!

So what does it actually do?

Benfotiamine promotes the activity and efficiency of an enzyme called transketolase (by about 300%)!.  So what?  Well this enzyme is hugely important in converting glucose into effective compounds used for making the cellular fuel, ATP.  In addition it is involved in three different pathways that help prevent the harmful AGEs (Advanced Glycation Endproducts).How’s that…reversing diabetes 2 with garlic and other aspects of the allium family.

Be responsible; do your homework; find a good health practitioner.

Be responsible, do your research, find a good health practitioner. Here’s to your health!

For more information, contact: Dr Holly at holly@choicesunlimited.ca

Disclaimer: This article is provided for general information only, and is not a substitute for the medical advice of your own doctor or other health care professional. The writer or publisher is not responsible or liable for any diagnosis made by a reader based on the content of this article. Always consult your own health care practitioner.