What’s most important to the neuropathy patient is the role B1 has in our health.
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. 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 patients do not get enough essential nutrients due to poor diet. Typically, this 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.
One of the things that is been particularly important to our neuropathy treatment 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. Allithiamine is unique in that cells tend to take it up much more efficiently than the more common thiamine hydrochloride.
Some of the best natural sources of B1 include foods like pork, eggs, and salmon. Plant sources include things 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 and professionals make is to think that one single nutrient can heal us. Wouldn’t life be wonderful if it was that simple? Rarely is it that simple; this is why neuropathy patients need to be very careful about which treatment strategies—and, especially which neuropathy treatment professionals they call upon 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 trained professionals and continue to stay a well-informed patient. Unfortunately, most physicians only have rudimentary training in nutrition. It is certainly something that’s not emphasized in the mainstream healthcare model.
This is why we continue to create resources for wonderful neuropathy treatment patients such as you!
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