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Vitamin B1 (Thiamin)

This was the first B vitamin to be identified, and as it was discovered in rice husks, thiamine became commonly known as the cure for beri beri, a fatal Asian disease caused by eating refined rice. The diseases symptoms of mental disturbances, muscle wasting and hypertension, were cured by eating raw brown rice. Other symptoms of a deficiency include fatigue, heart palpitations and a poor appetite.

Apart from brown rice, the best natural sources are brewer's yeast, raw wheat germ and green vegetables. The vitamin is destroyed by alcohol, coffee, raw fish and tea.

For more information on nutrition see 'Nutrients A to Z' by Dr. Michael Sharon. See 'Antioxidant', 'Beri beri', 'Brewer's yeast', 'Vitamin', 'Vitamin B Complex', 'Vitamin B2', 'Vitamin B3', 'VitaminB5', 'Vitamin B6', 'VitaminB12', 'VitaminB15', 'Vitamin C', 'Vitamin D', 'Vitamin E', 'Vitamin K', 'Vitamin P', 'Vitamin Supplements'

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