Beriberi is a vitamin deficiency condition that can lead to mental, physical, and cardiovascular problems over time. Symptoms can range from mild to severe, and may include:
- Memory loss
- Heart pain
- Poor cold tolerance
- Slow learning and mental confusion
- Poor digestion
- Tachycardia (rapid heart rate)
- Fatigue and irritability
- Whiteheads on the face and upper torso
Extreme cases can lead to heart attack. Cardiovascular beriberi (WernickeKorsakoff syndrome) manifests as a marked reduction of blood flow to the head. At this point, B1 injections up to 100 mg two times daily are necessary.
What Causes Beriberi?
Beriberi is caused by a deficiency in thiamine (vitamin B1), which can be a result of parasites, food allergies, severe stress, or gastrointestinal and liver disease. Primary beriberi can be triggered by inadequate supplies of vitamin B1 in the food you eat. Secondary beriberi is caused by underutilization and loss of B1 in the body. This can be a result of:
- Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid)
- Severe fever
- Parasites or intestinal damage from toxins, drugs, or alcohol
- Food allergies, including wheat intolerance
- Genetic predisposition
Treatments for Beriberi
Take a good Bcomplex supplement, preferably a liquid version (vitamins in liquids enter your blood and cells faster than from capsules). Eating a diet rich in B vitamins is helpful, including foods such as brown rice, whole grains, raw fruits, leafy green vegetables, seeds, nuts, and yogurt. Avoiding raw fish is a good idea, and drinking too much water at meals may flush out needed B vitamins and thiamine.
Sulfur can help reduce the symptoms of beriberi, and flower essences such as Rescue Remedy can reduce emotional discomfort and stress.
Taking a thiamine supplement, along with vitamin B complex, vitamin C, or a multivitamin is a natural way to improve symptoms of beriberi.
A good nutrientdense super food can help with this ailment, such as spirulina, bee pollen, maca, and others.