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Vitamin B1 Thiamin Part 2

What can happen if you don't get enough Vitamin B1? Tiredness, muscle weakness, pain, prickly sensations, depression, canker sores, and constipation are symptoms of mild thiamin deficiency.

The RDA for an adult male is only about 1.5 mg, and for adult women is just 1.1 mg. However, some people may need to consume as much as 5 to 10 times the RDA of thiamin to meet the body’s basic needs. Elderly people are often deficient in this vitamin, both because they tend to have poor diets in general, and because the body absorbs less B vitamins as it ages.

Those taking medications such as diuretics, birth control pills, antibiotics, sulfa drugs, and drugs used to treat cancer also need more thiamin, as do those suffering from chronic stress, diarrhea, fever, diabetes, or kidney disease.

Alcoholics are frequently thiamin deficient, because alcohol both destroys thiamin and causes the body to excrete more of it. Thiamin deficiency from alcoholism causes a type of nerve damage called Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome, which is characterized by memory loss, jerky eye movements, staggering and disorientation.

Extreme thiamin deficiency can also cause beriberi, a disease that causes muscle weakness, leg spasms or paralysis, and mental confusion. Beriberi is rare in developed countries, but still occurs in less developed countries.

Thiamin is essential for the maintenance of a healthy nervous system, and thus may play a role in the prevention or treatment of depression, epilepsy, fibromyalgia, and multiple sclerosis.

Regarding the potential benefits of B1 supplementation, large doses of thiamin and E have may be a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease, as preliminary research has found that treatment with 5,000 milligrams of thiamin and 400 international units of vitamin E have helped to slow memory loss in Alzheimer patients. *

Thiamin may also help combat Crohn's disease, congestive heart failure, HIV, and multiple sclerosis. In addition, Autistic children can benefit from injections and transdermal antioxidant creams containing the synthetic form of thiamin.

Treatments involving large megadoses of thiamin or any other vitamin should be undertaken only under doctor supervision. Although there have been no reports of toxic side effects from oral consumption of thiamin, large injections of thiamin can cause an allergic reaction similar to anaphylactic shock.

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     Vitamin A
     Alpha carotene
     Beta carotene
     Vitamin C
     Vitamin D
     Vitamin E
     Vitamin K
     B1 Thiamin
     B2 Riboflavin
     B3 Niacin
     B5 Pan. Acid
     B6 Pyridoxine
     B9 Folic Acid
     B12 Cobalamin

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