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Benfotiamine (rINN, also known as benfotiamine or benphothiamine) is an allithiamin, a naturally-occurring lipophilic form of thiamine. The primary use of this antioxidant is as an "anti-age" supplement. However, in Germany doctors have been known to combine benfotiamine with pyridoxine hydrochloride and use it to treat patients with nerve damage and nerve pain such as sciatica.
Additional recommended knowledge
Benfotiamine has shown to be an effective intervention for the treatment of diabetic retinopathy, neuropathy, and nephropathy, possibly because Benfotiamine is a transketolase activator that directs advanced glycation and lipoxidation end products (AGE's, ALE's) substrates to the pentose phosphate pathway, thus reducing tissue AGEs.
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