Sulbutiamine – a syntetic derivative of vitamin B1, characterised by much higher absorption. It can penetrate biological membranes and cross the blood-brain barrier. According to studies, it shows neuroprotective properties (improves cognitive functions, mainly creativity, motivation and memory) and has health-promoting effects.
Due to its ability to penetrate the brain, it may increase levels of thiamine (to which it is metabolised). This influences greatly the modulation of neurotransmitters (as reported by studies, it increases the amount of dopamine receptors in the brain and is an important cofactor in acetylcholine synthesis) and neurons. Its nootropic effect is connected with the stimulation of metabolism in the central nervous system.
According to some sources, sulbutiamine may be effective also in individuals with different states of anxiety and depression. It has probably the ability to boost confidence and reduce inhibitions in persons with depressive disorders.
Sulbutiamine may be used successfully by athletes. As stated by scientists, it helps increase the body’s endurance, reduce time needed for recovery and boost energy required for physical activity. It may probably speed up blood flow and increase oxygenation levels.