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* The chemical name and formula for benfotiamine is: S-benzoylthiamine-O-monophosphate (C19H23N4O6PS) . Benfotiamin & benfothiamine are synonyms for benfotiamine, however "benfotiamine" is currently the most frequently used common name for this compound.
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The original patent for benfotiamine, filed in 1962 (now expired), can be viewed in Adobe Reader (*.pdf) format below:
Benfotiamine Patent No. 3064000 (four pages, total).

If you don't have Adobe Reader, you may download a free copy at this link:

If you prefer to view the patent at the USPTO site, you may initiate your own search by clicking below and in "search term 1" use: "3064000"; corresponding to "field 1": "patent number," then be sure to "select years": "1790 to present."
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VITAMIN B1 (Thiamine)

Vitamin B1 is necessary for the body to make full use of its carbohydrate intake. Sometimes called the "morale vitamin," B1 strengthens the nervous system and can improve mental attitude. It helps all kinds of stress, so the need for this vitamin Increases during illness, trauma, anxiety, and post-surgical periods.

Women who are pregnant, nursing, or taking birth control pills have increased needs for vitamin B1, as do smokers, drinkers, and those who consume a great deal of sugar or caffeine.

Vitamin B1 is water soluble and must be replaced daily. (Note: Benfotiamine is a fat-soluble form of thiamine and is much more effective in creating therapeutic levels of thiamine pyrophosphate (TPP) in the blood stream and tissues.)

  • necessary in treatment of beriberi, neuritis, and alcoholism
  • aids digestion, particularly of carbohydrates
  • helps fight air- or seasickness
  • maintains functioning of the nervous system, muscles, heart
  • aids in treatment of herpes zoster (shingles)
  • helps relieve dental postoperative pain
  • promotes growth
  • improves mental attitude
  • repels biting insects
  • helps regulate the heart
Natural sources
  • Whole wheat, oatmeal, peanuts, bran, most vegetables, dairy products, rice husks, dried yeast, brewer's yeast and blackstrap molasses.

    Thiamine Deficiencies May Result In:

    Anorexia, senility, confusion, constipation, coordination impairment, depression, labored breathing (dyspnoea), GI upset (dyspepsia), edema, fatigue, irritability, memory loss, muscle atrophy, nervousness, numbness in the hands and feet, pain hypersensitivity, palpitations, weakness, heart irregularity.