In clinical studies, benfotiamine has been found to be very helpful in the treatment of nerve pain. Individuals who deal with the painful symptoms of neuropathy.
Orland Park, Illinois (PRWEB) May 30, 2013
"Benfotiamine is a lipid-soluble form of thiamine (vitamin B-1). It is the most effective metabolic precursor of active thiamine,” explained Barbara Griffin, NMD, CNC, Certified Gluten Practitioner, and owner of Vital Health, Inc. “As a result, any condition that is the result of a thiamine deficiency will likely respond to benfotiamine. Because of its therapeutic value, benfotiamine will be a valuable addition to the Vital Essence supplement line.”
One condition benfotiamine has proven to be especially beneficial is in the treatment of neuropathy. Neuropathy is a collection of disorders that occurs when the peripheral nervous system nerves are damaged. Neuropathy causes chronic pain and numbness in the hands and feet. It is estimated that in the United States 20 million people suffer from neuropathy. Over half of diabetes patients are affected by neuropathy. (1)
Dr. Griffin added, “In clinical studies, benfotiamine has been found to be very helpful in the treatment of nerve pain. Individuals who deal with the painful symptoms of neuropathy such as numbness, tingling, burning, needle like pinching, and loss of muscle strength, on a constant basis find completing simple daily tasks difficult. The condition is often associated with poor nutrition, a number of diseases, stress, or trauma. About 30% of neuropathy causes are considered idiopathic, meaning there is no know cause for the condition.”
In addition to taking Vital Essence Benfotiamine, Dr. Griffin recommends implementing the following treatment options in helping to treat neuropathy:
1. Check for Vitamin B-12 deficiency.
B- 12 plays several valuable roles within the body. Vitamin B12 is vital for the proper functioning of nerves; a serious B12 deficiency can have several negative effects on your body. It is one of the major causes of peripheral neuropathy. Vitamin B12 is found only in meat, fish, eggs and dairy products, but never in plants. It may also be synthesized in labs and taken as a supplement. Vitamin B-12 levels can be check through a blood test in particular checking for the presence of the MTHFR gene.
2. Diet Modification Has Proven Benefits
a. Reduce sugary foods
A diet high in sugar and foods loaded with preservatives can trigger neuropathy. Dietary sugars especially have to be closely monitored for those with diabetes.
b. Eliminate Wheat and Gluten
Gluten is a protein found in wheat that causes an autoimmune reaction if a person has celiac disease, or gluten intolerance. University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center reports that more than 300 symptoms have been identified with celiac disease. (2) Consuming wheat and gluten when you have celiac disease prompts a number of gastrointestinal symptoms. But it might also prompt peripheral or autonomic neuropathies, causing symptoms that vary greatly, depending on the nerve or nerves that are affected. Gluten is known to cause degradation of the myelin sheaths surrounding the nerves.
2. Avoid Aspartame
Aspartame is a non-calorie artificial sweetener comprised of methanol, phenylalanine and aspartic acid. It is used in diet sodas and thousands of other products worldwide. Aspartame consumption is extremely harmful to people with diabetes. It makes it more difficult to control sugar levels and aggravate diabetes-related conditions such as retinopathy, cataracts, neuropathy and gastroparesis.
3. Introduce Alpha-Lipoic Acid
Alpha-lipoic acid is an antioxidant that is made by the body and is found in every cell, where it helps turn glucose into energy. In several studies, alpha-lipoic acid appears to help lower blood sugar levels. Its ability to kill free radicals may help people with diabetic peripheral neuropathies, which have pain, burning, itching, tingling, and numbness in arms and legs from nerve damage.
4. Physical therapy, massage, acupuncture and exercise
Other treatments for peripheral neuropathy that have proven benefits include physical and occupational therapies, therapeutic massage and acupuncture. Light to moderate exercise also can help decrease the pain associated with neuropathy, as well as prevent its progression.
Dr. Griffin suggests talking to your physician before taking any new supplements or implementing an exercise program. In addition to benfotiamine, The Vital Essence supplement line also offers Sublingual Methyl B-12, My-Zymes, Active B-Trio, and D-Chiro-Inositol.
Dr. Griffin concluded, “While there is no cure for neuropathy, benfotiamine with its ability to heal the nerve ending, can help reduce the pain associated with neuropathy.”
About Vital Health, Inc.:
At Vital Health, Inc. Dr. Griffin integrates a whole body approach with the intention of facilitating wellbeing and optimal health amongst her clients. Dr. Griffin’s specialties include: traditional naturopathy, nutrition, EAV Meridian Stress Assessment, Food Sensitivity Screening, Environmental Screenings, Iridology, SKASYS, Live Blood Cell Analysis as well as established integrative therapies such as Neuroemotional Therapy, Neuromodulation Technique, Cold Laser.