In this article I’m going to share some of the leading thiamine deficiency symptoms, as well as a few really nifty things this nutrient can do.
Thiamine also goes by the name of vitamin B1 and it played a big role in the discovery of vitamins. After it was discovered that oranges and citrus fruits prevented scurvy with sailors, there was this other big disease plaguing people and do you know what that was? It starts with the letter B. It’s called beriberi.
It was revealed that removing the husks or outer layer of rice caused beriberi. This disease really hurt Japanese and Asian sailors since most of their diet was rice. Then a little later in time this substance received the name vitamin B1 or thiamine. Do you know why this vitamin was called B1? It is because it was the very first B vitamin discovered.
You might be wondered what is so bad about beriberi right? Beriberi can either affect the cardiovascular system known as wet beriberi or it can attack the nervous system and that is known as dry beriberi.
If beriberi affects the nervous system all kinds of problems can develop. According to Healthgrades.com There could be problems with walking, coordination, slurred speech, confusion or memory problems. Next a person could feel tingling in the hands or feet, uncontrolled eye movement and possibly vomiting.
If beriberi is wet it affects the cardiovascular system. Someone may experience fatigue, abnormal heart rhythms, shortness of breath, chest pains, coughing, leg pains and possibly swelling. The great thing is that all these symptoms can be eliminated if someone gets enough of this vitamin. However, if treatment is delayed what do you think is going to happen? Yep all these annoying problems could become permanent.
We know that thiamine is vital for life and that is why it’s called a vitamin. Apart from preventing beriberi it can reduce the chance of someone getting cataracts. According to Oregon State University a study of nearly 3,000 Australian men and women found that those with the highest level of vitamin B1 were 40% less likely to have cataracts than those with the lowest levels. It also does things like maybe prevent cancer, Alzheimer’s, heart failure and it can eliminate free radicals.
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