Vitamin B1, or thiamine, is an essential nutrient. By essential nutrient, we simply mean that if we don’t consume it, as human beings, we can die. This frequently happens in alcohol abuse where it can lead to serious brain injury. In fact, Beriberi is a disease caused by thiamine deficiency. Fortunately, this is now quite rare in modern societies. It can, however, still be seen in certain parts of the world.
Beyond this, what’s most important to the neuropathy patient is the role B1 has in our health. One of the key things B1 does is help our cells, especially nerve cells, produce energy—and produce it more efficiently. Unfortunately, many people still do not get enough essential nutrients due to poor diet.
Typically, a poor diet is very high in sugar, as well as carbohydrates. Carbohydrates require thiamine to be metabolized (or readily used up), and high-carbohydrate diets can cause depletion. Milder forms of deficiency are still one of the most common causes of just feeling “blah”.
One of the things that is been particularly important in our neuropathy and pain treatment result is that certain forms of thiamine, most especially allithiamine, which is naturally occurring in crushed garlic, can have a profound effect on nerve cell function. Our pharmacists have compounded a special topical form called NDReGen Creme that we find very helpful in the pain of shingles, neuropathy and sometimes CRPS (Complex Regional; Pain Syndrome).
Some of the best natural sources of B1 include foods like asparagus, kale, cauliflower, and even oranges. Sunflower seeds and whole-grain rye are also good sources.
But one of the biggest mistakes too many patients make is to think that one single nutrient can heal us. This is only true in pure single nutrient deficiencies. Wouldn’t life be wonderful if it was that simple? This is why neuropathy and pain patients need to be very careful about which treatments and, especially which neuropathy treatment professionals they ask for help.
Sometimes, supplementing with vitamin B1 can be dangerous. If you suffer from cancer or certain other diseases, taking supplemental B1 in any form can create serious problems.
This is why it’s essential that you work with your physicians and continue to stay a well-informed patient.
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