Benfotiamine and What It Can Do For You

Benfotiamine is a precursor of thiamine (vitamin B1) that was initially developed to treat alcoholic neuritis (nerve inflammation that is rather painful), in 1960’s in Japan.

The Vitamin B1 Nutrient

B1 is an essential vitamin that is notorious for it’s seeming inability to be absorbed poorly by the body.

Therefore, the thiamine vitamin needs to be fortified in ones diet to ensure the body gets enough. It has to be taken in a variety of precursor forms, or the body becomes deficient.

It is a vital cofactor for production of a number of essential enzymes including ones in the pathways of glucose metabolism.

Low levels of thiamine can lead to a number of health issues that include nerve and heart ailments, weakness and pain in the limbs, weight loss, and emotional disorders.

Most traditional forms of thiamine are water-soluble, but benfotiamine is lipid-soluble which enhances its usability in the body.

Consumption of benfotiamine raises the levels of thiamine in the blood and tissues, which in turn protects the body from health issues related to low levels of thiamine. Benfotiamine occurs naturally in onions, leeks and garlic, along with other members of the allium family.

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