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The 1890s: Beriberi (B1 Thiamin)



Beriberi is a disease that is caused by B1 (Thiamin) deficiency.  According to Healthline, there are two types of this disease: wet and dry beriberi.  Wet beriberi affects the heart and circulatory system, and dry beriberi damages the nerves and may lead to loss of muscle strength or paralysis.

Beriberi was discovered in 1897 by Christiaan Eijkman, a Dutch physician, and pathologist.  He demonstrated that beriberi is caused by poor diet, and discovered that feeding unpolished rice to chickens helped to prevent beriberi. 

The chances of developing Beriberi are very low if you have access to foods rich in Thiamin (vitamin B1).  These include foods like beans, vegetables, meats, and whole grains.

A excellant source of B1 (Thiamin) ? Sunflower seeds, easy snack to have during a busy schedule or while driving in a car.

( I receive no funding for recommending these foods)

original-sunflower-seeds-60816  Sunflower Seeds

e0eba16c710cb41793e22951352434d3 Green Peas

5134_041210_asparagus_hd Asparagus

Here is a link for additional info on food sources of Vitamin B1: WHFoods.com

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