Diet: Supplements: Vitamin B1: “Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) Deficiency: the “Great Imitator” of Other Illnesses” | Dr. Berg | YouTube

“In this video, Dr. Berg talks about vitamin B deficiency. Transketolase is the enzyme for vitamin B deficiency test. Enzymes are the things that do the work in the body and B1 is involved in 5 different enzymes. Vitamin B1 deficiency is called Beri Beri and known as a great mimicker of disease. He also talks about several reasons to why you become deficient in B1.

B1 Functions:

  • Making Energy
  • Protection of cells and mitochondria against oxidation or free radicals
  • Protects the cell against glycation
  • Protects against amyloid plaquing in the brain (Alzheimer’s disease)
  • Helps prevent the damage or least the complications or the symptoms of high sugar

Cardiovascular / Respiratory System Symptoms

  • Enlarged Heart
  • Increase Pulse Rate
  • Edema (Lower Ankles)
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Microvascular Damage


  • Full Sensation Stomach
  • Constipation
  • Gastroparesis – A condition where the digestive system is very sluggish.
  • GERD
  • Low Hydrochloric Acid

Nervous System

  • Neuritis
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Vertigo

Autonomic Nervous System

  • Lack of Tears
  • Excess Sweat
  • No Sweat
  • Anxiety
  • Nervous Tension
  • Brain Fog
  • Exercise Intolerance
  • Insomnia
  • POTS
    • A condition where your ability to adapt to gravity and positional change is completely ruined.
  • Sleep Apnea


  • Panic Attack
  • Nightmare
  • Lack of Stamina
  • Buildup of Lactic Acid
  • Recurrent Ear Infection
  • Rids Excess Estradiol
  • Lowers ROS – Free radical oxidation particle developed by the cells.
  • Prevents Toxemia
  • Beta Cells
  • Stress – Highly irritable, edgy, low tolerance to stress
  • SIDS – Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

Causes of B1 Deficiency

  • Refined Sugar
  • Carbs in general – the more carbs you consume, the more B1 you need to metabolize those carbs.
  • White Rice
  • Alcohol
  • Heat
  • Aging
  • Diabetes
  • Polyphenols (Coffee, Tea, Wine)
  • Gastric Bypass
  • Sulfites
  • Raw Fish
  • Liver Damage
  • Antiacids
  • Antibiotics
  • Caffeine
  • Low Stomach Acid
  • Vaccinations

Food Sources:

  • Liver
  • Yeast
  • Pork
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Rice Hulls
  • Squash
  • Asparagus
  • Sea Food”

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