Researchers debunk hype over vitamin supplement

June 12th, 2008 - 1:26 pm ICT by IANS  

Washington, June 12 (IANS) Researchers have debunked the hype over a popular vitamin supplement, being touted in ads as a wondrous dietary compound. Benfotiamine, synthetic derivative of thiamine (vitamin B1), is being aggressively marketed as a dietary supplement with the help of unsubstantiated and inflated claims that characterise this field.

Much of the campaign is being sustained on the belief that benfotiamine is lipid-soluble and, therefore, more physiologically active.

However, research led by Lucien Bettendorff of University of Li

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