If you’ve started to notice deficits in your memory… and your brain can’t quite function the way that it used to… you need to start thinking like a diabetic.
Because Public Enemy #1 for cognitive decline is… SUGAR.
Now, your brain does need SOME sugar, as glucose is the main source of energy for your brain cells.
But some folks have trouble USING the sugar in their brains… and they LOSE their precious memories!
Fortunately, there’s a way to get your brain to metabolize glucose properly…
And it can REVERSE the biological and clinical processes associated with the progression of Alzheimer’s, by…
- REDUCING biological markers of Alzheimer’s disease (including misfolded proteins in the brain) and
- ENHANCING cognitive function.
Believe it or not, it’s a special form of a humble B vitamin!
A glucose-gobbling vitamin
If there’s one vitamin that’s critical for our brains to convert glucose into energy, it’s thiamin, a.k.a. vitamin B1.
But our bodies can’t always use the thiamin we get from the foods we eat… or even the multivitamins we take.
That’s where benfotiamine steps in.
It’s a relative of thiamin – and when you ingest it, your body converts it into thiamin.
Benfotiamine is more readily available for your body to use… which means more of it can get into your brain.
And if you feel your brain function slipping… while you used to be sharp as a tack… that’s exactly where you need benfotiamine the most.
That’s because one of the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease – and signs of its progression — is the reduced ability to metabolize glucose.
When sugar reaches your brain… and “hangs out” up in there rather than being used for energy… it KILLS OFF your brain cells!
So, you need something that’s going to gobble up that sugar.
Benfotiamine may be just the “sugar-eater” we’re looking for.
It’s been shown to protect against sugar damage in type 2 diabetes, including complications like polyneuropathy.
And if there’s one thing we’ve learned from recent research, it’s how CLOSELY RELATED diabetes and Alzheimer’s are.
Some even call Alzheimer’s “type 3 diabetes”!
So it stands to reason that anything that can beat back glucose damage in your body can do the SAME thing in your brain.
Animal studies have shown that supplementing with benfotiamine can DIMINISH “plaques and tangles” and REVERSE memory impairments.
And a thiamin deficiency has been known to PROMOTE plaque formation… INCREASE tau phosphorylation… and IMPAIR memory!
But what about humans?
Well, a 2016 pilot study out of China found cognitive improvement in patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease who supplemented with benfotiamine over the course of 18 months.
And a Phase II clinical trial is currently underway to see whether benfotiamine can slow cognitive decline in patients with mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer’s disease.
The trial is scheduled to complete in November of this year, so we’ll be keeping our eyes open and reporting the results when they come in.
In the meantime, talk to your doc about whether supplementing with benfotiamine is right for you.
You should know that thiamin may lower not only your blood glucose but also your blood pressure… so proceed with caution and beware of drug interactions.
Otherwise, benfotiamine should be perfectly safe to take at standard dosages.
In the study I mentioned above, Alzheimer’s patients took 300 mg of benfotiamine daily… though clinical doses have ranged from 200 to 600 mg/day.
You can find benfotiamine over the counter in the supplement aisle.