Benfotiamine Benefits & Side Effects:
1) BENFOTIAMINE IS A BINARY MULTIPLE SOURCE OF THIAMINE AND OTHER B Vitamins:
Thiamin (vitamin B 1 ) is one of the most abundant vitamins found in foods. Thiamine deficiency results from inadequate intake of food or inadequate absorption due to poor nutrition. The body converts dietary thiamine into the active form of vitamin B 1 , which is called thiamin mononitrate (T 4 ).
T 4 binds to several proteins and enzymes involved in energy production, such as those involved with glucose metabolism. Vitamin B 12 is synthesized by the body from T 4 . Vitamin B 6 plays a role in maintaining red blood cell formation, muscle contraction, nerve transmission and other functions. It is essential for the synthesis of collagen, hemoglobin and other substances that are needed for normal tissue growth. Vitamin B 9 plays a role in DNA synthesis and the immune system. Vitamin B 12 is required for the proper functioning of nerves, muscles, bones and teeth. Other vitamins include niacin (Vitamin B 3 ), pantothenic acid (B 5 ), riboflavin (B 2 ) and pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B 7 ).
2) Benfotiamine is a fat-soluble form of Thiamine (Vitamin B 1 ).
3) Benfotiamine works by enhancing the body’s ability to absorb thiamine in the small intestines.
4) It is used to prevent and treat thiamine deficiency, which may occur in people who have poor nutrition or a disorder that causes difficulty in absorbing nutrients.
5) Benfotiamine is also used to increase blood flow to the brain in people with diabetes and a condition called syndrome.
6) Benfotiamine improves diabetic nerve pain in people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes.
7) Fat soluble (lipophilic) form of thiamine (vitamin B1).
8) In addition to the above Benfotiamine is also used for improving blood flow to the brain in people with diabetes and a condition called syndrome.
It is also used to prevent and treat thiamine (vitamin B1) deficiency, which may occur in people who have poor nutrition or a disorder that causes difficulty in absorbing nutrients.
9) Benfotiamine improves diabetic nerve pain in people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes.
The major side effects of Benfotiamine are:
Mild gastric upset (heartburn)
Liver problems (raised liver enzymes)
Increase in blood sugar levels.
Relating to the liver, it is recommended that a physician should be consulted if you have non-alcoholic fatty liver disease or a history of this condition in your family.
Benfotiamine is not recommended if you have liver disease or a secondary form of thiamine (vitamin B1) deficiency.
It is best to take Benfotiamine at least two hours before or after taking other medicines.
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