A synthetic vitamin to protect diabetics

vitamin B1Among diabetics, the cells of the organism are irrigated with blood containing high levels of glucose. Most cells are able to keep their internal glucose to normal levels. But some cells are able, particularly in the retina and kidney and those lining the walls of arteries and capillaries. These cells are found with high levels of glucose they can not metabolize properly. The consequences can lead to blindness or other cardiac complications, renal or neurological.

Studies several years ago showed that a deficiency of thiamin (vitamin B1) could be responsible for collateral damage caused by diabetes. The problem is that to correct this deficiency would need to consume excessive amounts of thiamine orally, potentially toxic quantities.

Researchers at the University of Washington have circumvented the problem by using intravenous injections of thiamine, a way of avoiding the digestive system and go directly to the cells using smaller quantities of this vitamin.

But to take advantage of thiamine intravenously is certainly not the most convenient for patients.
The problem is that thiamine is a water-soluble vitamin, which makes it much more sensitive and fragile.

There is one form of synthetic thiamine, benfotiamine the discovered by the Japanese in the late 50s. This derivative of thiamine is him, soluble and is much better assimilated than thiamine.

Dr. Michael Brownlee and his colleagues at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York have successfully tested benfotiamine on diabetic rats. They have shown that synthetic vitamin is not effective in lowering blood glucose, but it protects cells from negative effects of glucose too high, the so-called advanced glycation end products (AGE) .

The benfotiamine has been used for over 10 years in Germany to treat the pain of sciatica and neuropathy.

No side effects were noticed by the use of benfotiamine, which would be very safe to use.

Further studies are still underway, but as mentioned by Dr Paul Thornalley University of Essex, “the prospects for using this form of thiamine is very interesting and encouraging.”

It is not easy to get to the pharmacy or benfotiamine stores specializing in natural products. It is necessary to gather information and carry out research. It is possible to get internet.