by Zachary B. Malott, CEO
Brentwood Health International
In February of 2003, the news media broke with a story that is now bringing hope to millions of sufferers of neuropathy and other such problems. This news story featured a “new” chemical compound which is a derivative of vitamin b-1. This compound is called, benfotiamine.
Benfotiamine is not new but is the invention of Japanese scientists who patented the process in 1962. Although it has been used successfully for over 12 years in Europe for the prevention and relief of symptoms in people already suffering with various neuropathies, etc., it is just now being introduced into the United States.
Just what is benfotiamine? Benfotiamine (benfo) is a lipid (fat) soluble form of vitamin b-1 (thiamine). This substance is of the allithiamine group of the naturally occurring thiamine-derived compounds. It is found in very small quantities within roasted, crushed garlic and other Allium genus vegetables such as onions, shallots, and leeks.
Researchers have known for years that thiamine could help in neuropathy, but being water soluble, not enough could be kept in the body without having to take toxic amounts. Not true with benfotiamine. Because it is lipid soluble, it builds up to therapeutic amounts in a relatively short amount of time.
How does benfotiamine protect the nerves in diabetic persons and other causes of neuropathy? A recent article presented by the Advanced Orthomolecular Research ( AOR), will give you the details. This study should be perused by anyone interested in the details of this compound. Learn more...
For the purpose of this article, the results of the clinical trial that they conducted showed the vibration perception threshold had improved in those who had taken the Benfotiamine supplements, while it had worsened in the placebo group by 5% at one site and by 32% at another.
At the same time, people taking Benfotiamine experienced statistically significant improvements in nerve conduction velocity from the feet, even as this aspect of nerve function deteriorated in those taking the look-alike pills!
Is benfotiamine safe? The original patent on benfotiamine gave information that it is even less toxic than common vitamin b-1 (thiamine hydrochloride usually). The entire European Commission of Health and Consumer Protection Directorate General study on tolerable upper intake level of vitamin b-1 can be viewed in .pdf format at http://www.emuhealthproducts.com/b1toxicity.pdf.
Is benfotiamine a miracle cure for neuropathy and retinopathy? Research shows that it shows great promise in relieving symptoms of neuropathy and possibly reversing the progression. Common sense coupled with medically sound adherence to proper blood sugar control, eating habits, weight management and exercise give the best chances for success.
Reference to the above paragraph: Diabetic Eye Disease: Lessons From A Diabetic Eye Doctor – How To Avoid Blindness and Get Great Eye Care (Fairwood Press) - Dr. Paul Chous, M.A., O.D. - Type 1 diabetic since 1968 Learn more...
While not a miracle, it is showing such promise that some healthcare professionals are already stating that it will be recommended more and more in the years to come. It is predicted to become another, valuable tool in the treatment of neuropathy and retinopathy as well as other conditions.
Zach Malott, CEO of Brentwood Health International, is interested in providing only the most scientific information concerning benfotiamine and its uses. Brentwood Health International is a member in good standing with the National Nutritional Foods Association (NNFA) with a membership of retail health food stores, distributors, and manufacturers that number in the thousands. They participate in the NNFA's TruLable program. TruLabel policies are governed by the NNFA's Committee for Product and Label Integrity (ComPLI) and the board of directors.
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