November 12, 2018

Vitamin B1 or thiamine is a water-soluble vitamin that occurs naturally in several foods including nuts, beans, cereal, and meat. Thiamine is a coenzyme and important for our metabolic processes in the breakdown of carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are the main source of energy in the body and it is thiamine that assists in the conversion of carbohydrates to energy.

A thiamine deficiency can lead to a condition called beriberi. The two forms of beriberi include wet beriberi which affects the heart and circulatory system and dry beriberi which affects the nerves and muscles. Severe cases of beriberi can lead to heart failure, muscle paralysis, and even death.

What causes thiamine deficiency?

Diet and alcoholism are the main causes of thiamine deficiency. Diets that are high in white rice and little other nutrition can lead to thiamine deficiency. Other carbohydrate rich diets which consist mainly of refined flour and sugars can also lead to thiamine deficiency. Alcoholism is another big contributor to vitamin B1 deficiency. Secondary causes of thiamine deficiency include pregnancy, breastfeeding, fever, diarrhea and a compromised metabolism.

How is a thiamine deficiency treated?

Thiamine deficiency can be treated with a vitamin B1 supplement. The most effective form of the supplement is thiamine hydrochloride or thiamine HCl. The supplement can be taken both orally and as an injection. Injections of thiamine HCl can be intravenous or intramuscular and will depend on the condition being treated. The required dosage and the intake method will be prescribed by the doctor depending on the case being treated.

The recommended daily allowance of thiamine in normal adults is 1.2mg for males, 1.1mg for females and 1.4mg for pregnant and lactating mothers. To treat a thiamine deficiency the recommended dosage ranges from 5 to 100mg per day depending on the severity of the condition. When breastfeeding infants are being treated for vitamin B1 deficiency both the mother and the child should receive the supplements.

Vitamin B1 or thiamine is a co-enzyme that is essential for the metabolism of carbohydrates in the body. Thiamine can be easily obtained by the body from foods like meat, cereal, nuts and beans.

Certain conditions like alcoholism, poor diet, pregnancy and digestive disorders could lead to a thiamine deficiency. A severe form of thiamine deficiency is beriberi which can affect the heart and circulatory system or the nerves and muscles. Beriberi can be fatal.

Beriberi is treated with a thiamine supplement called thiamine HCl. The supplement can either be taken orally, intravenously or intramuscular.

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