"My Endocrinologist at SGH recommended I buy Benfotiamine to help reduce the complications of diabetes. She told me the hospital doesn't stock it so I tried all of the pharmacies. They never even heard of it! I googles it and found it on the Vitadeals website. Benfotiamine keeps my blood sugar levels stable, and hopefully prevents further complications like loss of eyesight and kidney failure.."- by Hampy, Woodlands, Singapore
Benfotiamine is a superior form of Vitamin B-1 . Thiamine or vitamin B-1 plays a key role in regulating nerve functions. Benfotiamine is a fat-soluble version of thiamine. As it is fat soluble, the body metabolizes benfotiamine more quickly than Thiamine.
High levels of blood glucose can cause serious damage to the body. This damage is referred to as "Glycation", and this is the root cause of diabetic complications. The key diabetic complications are: Cardiovascular disease, Nerve damage & pain (neuropathy), Kidney damage (nephropathy), Foot damage, Skin conditions. Benfotiamine has been the subject of much clinical research into helping reduce these diabetic complications
- Highly bioavailable source of vitamin B1
- Reduces diabetic complications
- Helps control blood glucose levels
Benfotiamine is a fat soluble derivative of thiamine or vitamin B1, which belongs to a group of water soluble vitamins. It is synthetically manufactured and has better bioavailability than vitamin B1. Studies have found that the fat soluble nature of benfotiamine makes it easily absorbable in the body than vitamin B1. Also, benfotiamine has a long lasting effect on the body as compared to thiamine, which is easily flushed out by the kidneys.
The main action of benfotiamine is in blocking the AGE channels, also known as advanced glycation end products. These advanced glycation end products (AGEs) are the result of high blood sugar levels. AGEs can cause damage to the healthy tissues and DNA, accelerate the process of aging and lead to diabetic complications. This may include nerve damage in extremeties (hand and feet) and damage to blood vessels in kidneys as well as eyes.
Studies have confirmed the beneficial effects of benfotiamine in controlling diabetic neuropathy or nerve damage in diabetes patients. It is also effective in treating the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy. This includes painful symptoms such as numbness, tingling, burning, needle like pinching, and loss of muscle strength.
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