In the early 1900’s beriberi was treated by rice bran in Japan. Umetaro Suzuki discovered Thiamine when he was researching how rice bran brought about the cure. It was not until about 25 years later that the name Thiamine was coined for the vitamin.
Thiamine is also known as vitamin B1. It has an important part in metabolizing carbohydrates and fat to produce energy. It is an essential vitamin for normal growth and development in the human body.
It helps manage proper functioning of the heart, nervous and digestive systems. Thiamine is water-soluble and does not dissolve in alcohol. Although it cannot be stored in the body, once it is absorbed, the vitamin will concentrate in muscle tissue.
Thiamine can be obtained in a number of foods. There are about 0.1mg of the vitamin per 28-100g (1-3.5oz) The typical RDA is about 1.4 mg
Thiamine deficiency is seen in malnutrition and alcoholism, diets high in raw freshwater fish and raw shellfish. Other foods that deplete thiamine or are so called anti-thiamine factors are tea, coffee, betel nuts.
Deficiency in Thiamine result in neurological health problems and death.
Disease from deficiency include Werincke-Korsakoff syndrome and beriberi.
Bonus Benefit: B1 supplements may help with keeping mosquitoes from feasting on you.
Studies suggest thiamine can serve as a mosquito repellent. Taking 25 to 50 mg three times per day or 100 mg twice a day produces an odor in the skin that female mosquitoes do not like but cannot be detected by humans. It takes two weeks before maximum protection is available.
Want to give it a try? You should notice a decrease in bites in as little as a few days. Since B1 is water soluble, your body does not store it so you will have to take it daily to get the benefit. Since it takes 2-6 hours to get into your system, time taking it for when you expect to be outside. On an empty stomach, 2 hours and on a high protein diet, up to 6 hours.
There are no studies as to the viability of skin sprays that are offered topically.
More studies are linking diet with autism. Thiamine has been used to treat autism. Look for studies on improving glutathione levels and autism, ADD and ADHD.
Vitamin B2 is also an essential cofactor. Learn more about where you can get it here.
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