Overview

Benfotiamine is a chemical similar to thiamine, also known as vitamin B1. When taken by mouth, the body changes benfotiamine to thiamine. The body can absorb benfotiamine better than thiamine. Benfotiamine can be made by certain plants, such as garlic and onion. It can also be made in a lab.

People most commonly take benfotiamine by mouth for nerve damage caused by diabetes (diabetic neuropathy) and alcoholism. It is also used for Alzheimer disease, arthritis, and other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these other uses.

How does it work ?

The body turns benfotiamine into thiamine. Thiamine is also known as vitamin B1. Some people don't have enough thiamine in the body. Since the body absorbs benfotiamine better than thiamine, benfotiamine can increase how much thiamine is in the body. This may help prevent or treat certain symptoms or diseases caused by low thiamine levels.
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