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Vitamin B1 or thiamine, as it is more commonly referred to now, is one of the most important members of the B group of vitamins. Also known as aneurin, vitamin B1 is anti-beriberi and anti-neuritic. It is water soluble.
A lack of sufficient thiamine in the diet can cause loss of appetite, poor digestion, chronic constipation, loss of weight, mental depression, nervous exhaustion, and insomnia. It can lead to muscular weakness, leg cramps, slow heartbeat, irritability, defective hydrochloric acid production in the stomach and consequent digestive disorders. In case of insufficient supply of thiamine in the body, the heart muscles become lazy and fatigued, and the auricles or the upper chambers of the heart lose their strength and gradually enlarge.
Thiamine deficiency may cause Wernicke’s encephelopathy, which leads to lack of coordination, and Korsakoff’s psychosis, which affects short-term memory. Since Thiamin helps you to control / use the glucose inside your body, which allows your brain and nerve system to absorb the right amount of glucose in order to function correctly.
The most notable symptom of a Vitamin B1 deficiency is a condition called Beriberi. Symptoms of this condition include rapid heartbeat, mental confusion, nerve trouble and muscles that gradually begin to waste away. Because Vitamin B1 plays a significant role in effectively transmitting nerve signals between the spinal cord and the brain, insufficient amounts of this vitamin can also lead to the development of depression, headaches, nausea, loss of appetite, nerves that tingle and tiredness.
Bosom failure – Thiamine deficiency may lend to the development of congestive bosom failure (CHF). Feeding a balanced diet, including thiamine, and avoiding stuff that consumes this vitamin is essential, particularly for those at the initial phases of CHF.
Gross deficiencies also cause pain or tingling in the arms or legs, decreased reflex activity, fluid accumulation in the arms and legs, enlargement of the heart, constipation, and nausea and vomiting.
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