Benfotiamine Side Effects

Can you suffer adverse affects when you take benfotiamine? The truth is, not really, which is backed by decades of research, but there are a few instances you should be aware of when taking this manufactured form of thiamine (vitamin B1), that may cause problems.

The health benefits of benfotiamine are such that almost everyone who is thiamine deficient, could, or should take it to avert ill health, if they are already not suffering from perhaps neurological conditions or even malnutrition! Thiamine deficiency can even lead to metabolic coma.

Who Can Benfotiamine Really Help?

If you, or you know someone who suffers with loss of cognitive brain health, muscle soreness, or poor digestion, benfotiamine can help. And it could mean they are deficient in thiamine. Diabetics are generally deficient in thiamine, so benfotiamine can also help people suffering with diabetes, or even to help prevent the disease.

It is in lipid form, which means that it metabolizes significantly more rapid in the body, releasing generous levels of thiamine pyrophosphate (the active form of thiamine), compared to thiamine hydrochloride.

Benfotiamine is Safe When Taken Appropriate Doses

Medical literature indicates that taken in appropriate amounts benfotiamine is very safe. It has no reported interactions with food, other vitamins or prescription drugs, according to Dr. Michael Brownlee, a benfotiamine researcher at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. Benfotiamine has been licenced for use in Germany for over a decade without any major side effect being reported according to his report (1). Under the supervision of a healthcare provider, prescription thiamine shots are also FDA approved.

The European Food and Safety Authority reports that no adverse side effect have been reported for benfotiamine based on human clinical studies for dosage of 40 to 400 mg per day, used for three to twelve weeks (2).

Who Should Avoid Taking Benfotiamine?

To date there is only one group of individuals who need to exercise caution when using benfotiamine, and these are people with solid tumour cancers. Cancer cells use thiamine to make a group of enzymes called transketolases, which use the sugar in cells as fuel without any oxygen.

This allows the cancer cells to go undetected by the human immune system while they deprive healthy neighbouring cells of nutrients. In other words, thiamine can help the spread of cancer. But, benfotiamine (or any other form of thiamine) does not cause any cancer, to be clear.

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About Andy James

Having poor health as a child, contracting a rare form of diabetes (diabetes insipidus) when he was just seven years old, and having been in a near fatal car wreck at the age of 33, Andy now focuses his mind on all things to do with improving ones health. The Benfotiamine Project was set up to explore benfotiamine, which helps the body to absorb Thiamine (vitamin B1). You can find out more about Andy on his Google plus profile, where you read his other health projects.

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