Benfotiamine and neuropathy & BG control

By NewSong53 Latest Reply 2014-08-18 02:29:14 -0500
Started 2014-08-17 11:09:06 -0500

Has anyone here tried this? I see a lot of people on Amazon recommend it for diabetic neuropathy and have heard it even helps lower blood sugar. But there were others on Amazon who claimed it was hype and that it didn't help them at all! I've tried various supplements on Amazon that were supposed to help with blood sugar which didn't seem to help me at all. Any personal experiences you could share with this would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!!

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jayabee52 2014-08-18 02:29:14 -0500 Report

Howdy Newsong
I have taken Benfotiamine for a number of months back in 2010. I also took ALA and RLA to reduce my pain from burning neuropathy. It didn't work for me. That does not mean it will not do anything for you since our reactions to the same substances, whether food or medication, often are different. So YMMV.

God's best
James Baker

Pegsy 2014-08-17 14:34:41 -0500 Report

I've not heard of Benfotiamine before now. I take R Lipoic Acid because I read that it helps prevent nerve damage. I had a lot of numbness in my feet when diagnosed with Diabetes last fall. Now I just have some tingling in my toes so I think it has helped. I would like to learn more about Benfotiamine. Is it a nutritional supplement?

haoleboy 2014-08-17 13:18:54 -0500 Report

Studies in both humans and animals have shown that there are benefits from taking benfotiamine on a daily basis (about 200 mg). It may slow or prevent several diabetic complications including neuropathy and may help relieve pain from neuropathy in those already dealing with it.
I am not aware that it actually 'controls' blood glucose levels but rather inhibits the accumulation of glucose in the blood vessels thereby delaying/preventing the formation of advanced glycation endproducts (AGE's).
If I could afford it I'd certainly give it a try.


NewSong53 2014-08-17 14:07:38 -0500 Report

Thanks! Also, appreciate the information on the dosage to take. Just starting to experience some mild numbness on the pads of some of my toes — kind of a weird feeling — feels like I have socks on when I don't!

haoleboy 2014-08-17 14:46:29 -0500 Report

in the human studies I saw that was the daily dosage … that study was done on people with neuropathy and while it didn't lessen the symptoms it did offer some pain relief.
You might want to consider the benfotiamine with ALA (alpha-lipoic acid … 600-1200 mg daily) which is an antioxidant that can improve neuropathy symtoms.