Dr Russ Blog - To Benfotiamine or Not?
To Benfotiamine or Not?
Created on 4/20/2012
J sent in a question about benfotiamine.
Benfotiamine is a fat soluble form of vitamin B1, otherwise known as thiamine.
A smattering of studies have investigated this supplement for the management of a variety of disorders, most notably diabetic kidney problems or neuropathy, the latter being a condition marked by uncomfortable burning, tingling or numbness of the lower legs or arms. Results have been conflicting - some positive studies, some negative.
The good news is that benfotiamine appears to be safe when used appropriately; keep in mind, however, that how useful the agent may be for addressing health disorders is not yet well established.
The best way to make the decision about whether to use benfotiamine or not is to do so with your doctor.
I hope this is of help to you, J. Be well.
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