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Acai Berry and Benfotiamine capsules

Discussion in 'Alternative Treatments' started by Ardbeg, Mar 13, 2010.

  1. Ardbeg

    Ardbeg Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I promised I would report back to the forum how my trials with these two supplemets are doing.

    I've been taking 2 capsules of each per day for over a month now and I have to admit I feel 100% better than I did pre diagnosis.

    Of course, I cannot say for sure if it's largely down to these supplements, but I'm sure they are a major contributing factor, along with a low carb diet, smaller food portions, eating the right things and avoiding the wrong things, etc.

    I have a lot more energy now and most importantly, my food cravings have all but disappeared. Pre diagnosis that was my downfall. I'd snack on junk most of the evening when I came home from work. Not anymore, but even if I do it's now things like oatcakes, Ryvita, raw carrot, nuts houmous, etc.

    Weightwise I've gone from circa 18 and a half stone to 16 stone now. It's the lightest I've been in MANY years. My waist size has dropped from 44 to 38 inches and I can now buy suits "off the peg" whereas previously I had to have them made to measure.

    I still haven't had my second check up with the diabetic nurse yet to see what effect all this has had on my Haemoglobin A1c yet (the first one I had showed a reading of 11.2), but my twice weekly BG meter readings are consistantly around the target mark of 7 (plus or minus 1), so I'm fairly confident that this will be reflected in a better A1c reading next time around too.

    I've just ordered a 3 month supply of both these supplements and will be "sticking with the programme" for the foreseeable future.

    Forum regulars and Sue/Ken will have noticed that I don't post on here so frequently these days. This is purely because I'm much more informed and "chilled out" about this condition. Like most people when first diagnosed I was both fearful and on a quest for knowledge. This forum has been an INVALUABLE resource for gleaning ACCURATE facts, with no ******** or hidden sales agendas.

    My heartfelt thanks goes to all the forum regulars and moderators who have helped me on my path to "T2 enlightenment".

    RESPECT. 8)
     
  2. Ardbeg

    Ardbeg Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    One thing I forgot to mention above, my pains in the hands, arms, legs and feet have NOT gone away. :cry:

    That was the whole point of the benfotamaine tablets, so in that respect I have yet to see an improvement. On the flip side, I do have lots more energy now, so as a B complex vitamin supplement they could well be a contributing factor to my new lease of life. :)
     
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    I've just finished 3 containers of Benfotiamine (120 capsules each 150 mcg strength Neuropathy support formula taking 8 capsules a day) in the vaguest hope that I might regain some of the lost feeling in my feet. Most likely cause of my neuropathy was too much alcohol and not diabetes so I knew that I had a fairly poor chance of improvement, but needed to try.
    No miracle cures. The sensations in my feet are different and I certainly went through lots of "electric" tingly stuff in the early days of the Benfoitamine.
     
  4. Ardbeg

    Ardbeg Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    3 months down the line and I think the acai berry supplements are a roaring success.

    They have most certainly suppressed my appetite, but more importantly, all my junk food cravings have disappeared. It's truly amazing. I had ZERO will power previously around such temptations as chocolate, sweets, pizza, etc but now it's honestly no longer a problem.

    I'm pretty sure that the benfotamaine tablets are doing me good too, but as I'm still experiencing neuropathy symptoms; albeit to a much lesser degree, I'm not 100% convinced yet. I have to consider that my lifestyle and diet changes are also having a positive effect on my BG levels and this too could account for the drop in frequency and severity of neuropathy "attacks"

    Bottom line is; I'm sticking with both these supplements for the forseeable future. :D

    I take two tablets of each daily
     
  5. Ardbeg

    Ardbeg Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Latest BG readings:

    Before my evening meal = 5.2

    Two hours after my evening meal of roast duck and salad, (sprinkled with lemon juice) followed by strawberries covered with Elmlea = 7.2

    Washed down with a bottle of rioja (well, it is Friday night) :oops:

    I'm happy with those readings. :D
     
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    You drank a whole bottle of wine? On your own? Is that normal? I don't drink much and thought wine was quite bad for levels. Where did you buy yours from as I want to try then but having a serious case of information overload!
     
  7. Ardbeg

    Ardbeg Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    :lol:

    I don't make a habit of it, but yes, at weekends it is quite common for some adults to drink a whole bottle of wine to themselves when out to dinner, or socialising with friends, etc.

    As has been covered on this forum previously, there is sufficient medical evidence to support the fact that a glass of red wine a day is both good for your heart and helps reduce the BG.

    Now if I had said I had drank a whole bottle of whisky last night, then I would most certainly have a drink problem.... :wink: :lol:
     
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    Ardbeg Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    BG reading taken again first thing this morning was 7.5.

    I'm happy with that one too. :D
     
  9. Ardbeg

    Ardbeg Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    The moderators are a bit funny about forum users putting hyperlinks onto this forum that take you to commercial websites selling "betes" related pills or potions.

    The Benfotamaine tablets I buy in the USA as they are the cheapest price, but also the best quality. Simply "Google" that word and lots of websites will pop up.

    With the acai berry I buy them here in the UK via ebay.co.uk. You will find there are many people selling them; but make sure you buy the hi strength ones.

    Finally, I don't know how old you are and suspect by your previous comments you are a child. If so, always seek your parient or guardians permission BEFORE buying or trying vitamins, pills or potions - as well as your DN or GP, just to be on the safe side.
     
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    Hi all .Thought you may be interested in my experience with Vit B supplement.I took a B complex time release brilliant no more electric barbed wire under my toe nails :D .Then I went for some more and the tingling started to come back,when I checked the bottle although it was the same make it was a different mix eg it had less B12 and not as much folic acid but more B6 so I went back to the original and it worked :lol: I had done some research on the web and had found the mix of vits that was recomended for neuropathy The vits that work can be found in most health shops so I hope it s ok to name them here LIFEPLAN time release B complex vitamins in a herbal base 380 mg .Its the 380mg that is important because the ones that didnt work as well were 500mg.. CAROL
     
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    :( :(
     
  12. Ardbeg

    Ardbeg Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Another update.

    I'm still persevering with both supplements, but I've had one or two chocolate "relapses" in recent weeks. :oops:

    On a more positive note, I'm experiencing a marked improvement with the neuropathy. I very rarely get the sharp stabbing pains in my feet and similarly the fizzing/tingling sensations in my left hand have all but gone.

    I will be continuing to take both of these supplements from now on and have in fact ordered another 3 month supply of each from the internet recently. :D
     
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    Jim,

    The improvements in your neuropathy is very encouraging, obviously something is working well for you! :) It could also be possible that your improvent in bg control is significant in reducing your symptoms, either way its nice to hear people who are reversing/halting symptoms associated with diabetes.

    Regards

    Nigel
     
  14. Ardbeg

    Ardbeg Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Nigel.

    I suspect it could also be attributed to my regular consumption of red wine.

    I'm trying to access EU funding for clinical trials to prove my theory. :wink:
     
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    Thanks for that Carol.
     
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    Have you been tested for Vit B deficiency ? If so, as you are on Metformin, which can deplete
    Vit B12 then you should request a blood test to check. You should have periodical checks because of this anyway.

    If you were deficient then you could get them prescribed as I do. Either tablets or a course of injections.

    Ken
     
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    Ardbeg Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Another update.

    I'm still persevering with both the acai and benfotiamine capsules; two a day of each.

    My weight has crept up to 17 stone, still at least a stone lighter than my pre diagnosis weight but disappointing all the same. I must however take personal responsibility for this as I've never done any exercise (bar walking the dog) and I do tend to eat too much creme fraiche (full of fat), peperamis (again full of fat and other ****) plus drink at least half a bottle of red wine every night.

    Better news with my neuropathy. Whilst it is still there it has greatly improved. I have no trouble with sharp pains in my feet or legs anymore, which is a great relief. I do still suffer from a tingling/fizzing sensation in the left hand/fingers, but a much lesser intensity than before. More a mild irritation now rather than a "am I having a heart attack???" severity of pain.

    BG is still regularly below 7, often between 5 and 6 although I test myself very infrequently now. Once or twice a week if I remember.
     
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    Thought I'd better check my BG before dinner.

    4.8 :D

    Strangely the pains in my left hand are quite sore tonight, which is what prompted me to test my BG.

    I've given up trying to fathom out this strange disease!!! :?
     
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    Another update.

    I've fallen off the wagon a few weeks ago and finding it hard to get back on again. Eating all the wrong things (pizzas, hamburgers, etc).

    I've stopped taking the Acai Berry as it didn't curb my appetite, but I'm persevering with the benfotamine tablets as they clearly do work. How do I know this for sure? Well on holiday recently my old pains in the feet and left hand returned (due to my high carb eating habits presumably). I doubled my daily dose from 2 tablets to 4 tablets a day and hey presto, pains have disappeared.

    So I've stopped the Acai and doubled the Benfotaimine. It may not have been a very scientific experiment but it works for me. :wink: :oops: :roll:
     
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    Another update.

    I stopped taking the Acai berry capsules months ago and the weight is going up again.

    Also my last visit to the DN ended up with me being put on Metformin as my BG was over 7. :(

    Been on Metformin (only 1 x 500 mg tablet per day) for around a month or so now and not suffered any noticeable side effects, apart from the odd dodgy stomach which everyone seems to get.

    The Benfotamaine is still working a treat. I honestly don't think I could have coped so well with betes had I not been able to get rid of my neuropathy pain
     
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