Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) may help to address the following conditions:
alcoholism
Heavy alcohol consumption almost invariably results in thiamine deficiency, and thiamine deficiency causes damage to the heart and brain. Severe deficiency can result in major brain dysfunction including disordered thinking and memory.
Alzheimer's disease
Thiamin levels are considerably below normal in victims of Alzheimer's disease. Supplementation with the vitamin has produced cognitive improvement in some Alzheimer's patients.
eating disorders
Marginal thiamin depletion produces symptoms of lethargy, fatigue, and loss of appetite. Symptoms disappear within days of supplementation with adequate levels of the vitamin.
anxiety
Early symptoms of thiamin deficiency include anxiety, long before clinical symptoms of beriberi appear.
atherosclerosis
Administration of thiamin appears to improve endothelial function, with the potential for slowing the development and progression of atherosclerosis in patients with Type II diabetes.
thyroid disorders
According to Carlton Fredericks, Ph.D., vitamin B1 (thiamine) deficiency can result in irreversible hypothyroidism; adequate B1 intake can prevent this.
hysteria
Beriberi is the disease condition that results from a deficiency of vitamin B1 (thiamine). Symptoms include anxiety, depression, hysteria, nausea, and loss of appetite. Thiamine hydrochloride supplementation or injection will generally cure beriberi.
beriberi
Beriberi is the disease condition that results from a deficiency of vitamin B1 (thiamine). Symptoms include anxiety, depression, hysteria, nausea, and loss of appetite. Thiamine hydrochloride supplementation or injection will generally cure beriberi.
brain fog
Thiamin deficiency is a common cause of poor brain function, since the vitamin is not produced in the body, but is needed to process glucose. Supplementation has shown measurable effects on learning, memory and reaction time.
developmental disorders
In one experiment, rats with thiamine deficiency exhibited learning difficulties similar to those of rats given alcohol over a term of 20 months. Thiamine supplementation has been shown to enhance learning ability by up to 25 percent in thiamine-deficient children.
canker sore
In one reported study, 49 of 70 participants with recurrent canker sores were found to have low levels of an enzyme dependent on thiamin.
herpes zoster
Vitamin B1 (thiamin) supplementation supports the nervous system and can help treat shingles.
depression
Thiamine deficiency is characterized by anxiety and depression, even in relatively early stages. Alcohol destroys thiamine, and many alcoholics are thiamine deficient.
emotional disorders
Thiamine deficiency is present in an estimated 30% of people admitted to psychiatric hospitals. Timid, depressed patients have responded to thiamine administration with dramatic improvements in personality, often beginning within only 30 minutes. On the other hand, normal subjects given half the minimum daily requirement of thiamine reportedly became irritable, depressed, quarrelsome, and fearful that some misfortune awaited them.
fatigue
A marginal deficiency in thiamine can result in fatigue and lethargy. Supplements of 100 mg per day helped prevent or accelerate recovery from exercise induced fatigue in one study.
immune disorders
Dr. Robert Atkins reported that children with symptoms of impaired immunity often responded "beautifully" to therapy with vitamin B1 (thiamine) -- particularly when they had high blood levels of folic acid and vitamin B12.
digestive disorders
Thiamine helps maintain stomach acidity and normal appetite, in addition to its role in carbohydrate digestion.
cardiovascular disease
Thiamin protects against the development of atherosclerosis in those with diabetes. Treatment with thiamin may produce recovery from heart failure in thiamin-deficient patients presenting with this condition.
nervous irritability
Thiamin deficiency can produce behavioral effects that include anxiety and irritability.
nervous system disorders
Thiamin injections have improved nerve function and can relieve pain in cases of peripheral neuropathy and diabetic neuropathy. High oral doses can lessen the pain of shingles and fibromyalgia.
sciatica
Intramuscular injections of vitamins B1 (thiamine) and B12 can relieve the pain of sciatica.
skin disorders
Vitamin B1 (thiamine) supplementation supports the nervous system and can help treat shingles.
toxic exposure
Low vitamin B1 (thiamin) levels increase vulnerability to lead exposure in both children and adults, while supplementing with the vitamin helps to counteract lead exposure.
kidney problems
Patients with kidney disease are at risk for brain abnormalities that result from swelling of the brain, or encephalopathy. In one study, renal patients with encephalopathy who were treated with thiamine supplements experienced disappearance of brain swelling and symptoms in nearly all cases. Thiamine supplements also protect against uremia and other conditions associated with renal disease.
autism
Thiamin supplements administered twice daily produced clinical improvement in eight of ten children diagnosed with Autism, in one study.
diabetes
Thiamin supplementation has produced marked improvement in diabetic patients exhibiting signs of neuropathy.
 

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