Overcome Depression with Thiamin Vitamin B1
A common approach to depression is simply to obtain a prescription for Prozac, Zoloft or Paxil with little attention paid to the serious side effects of these pharmaceuticals. The answer may be as simple as resolving a vitamin deficiency.
Thiamine (Vitamin B 1) increases brain chemicals such as the neurotransmitter acetylcholine that elevates mood and memory.
This non-prescription substance is safe and inexpensive for which some types of depression response very well.
The brain requires Thiamin, vitamin B1 to convert blood sugar to energy. A deficiency of B1 can result in fatigue, irritability, memory lapses, insomnia and depression.
Thiamin is well worth consideration prior to a more severe intervention with the popular SSRI’s (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) drugs as noted above, with their side effects.
Thiamin is one of the eleven B complex vitamins. Thiamin is essential and most people not supplementing with it are deficient. It is sensitive to heat and destroyed in cooking. Sugar, refined carbohydrate, alcohol, tea, exercise and an overactive thyroid increases your requirement for thiamin.
Diuretic drugs prescribed for high blood pressure, congestive heart failure and water retention deplete thiamin. As we age, we cannot absorb thiamin as well as we did when we were younger and must consume more of it.
The positive benefits of thiamin are endless and there is much more to thiamin than relieving depression. There are numerous other beneficial reasons for supplementing with thiamin. This article focuses on its favorable response to depression and mental impairment.
Researchers have estimated that up to thirty percent of patients admitted to hospital, psychiatric wards suffering from aggressive and addictive behavior, personality disorders, and mental illness are deficient in vitamin B 1, thiamin in addition to other nutritional deficiencies.
An effective general use dose of thiamin is 50 to 100 milligrams for most regular daily needs. Thiamin is water-soluble and dissipates within about four hours. Therefore, take it twice a day.
An effective dose for depression is 50 to 400 milligrams a day. Start at the lower dose and work up to the larger dose if needed. Again, because it is water-soluble take it twice a day.
About B Vitamins
Do not take thiamine or individual B Vitamins by themselves. There are eleven B complex vitamins and they work together (Synergistically). Taking only one vitamin like vitamin B6 could create a deficiency of vitamin B2 and vitamin B5. Always take a high quality B50 complex containing mostly 50 milligrams of the B vitamins when taking B vitamins.
Note: Most Vitamin B 50 or B 100 formulas do not contain 50 or 100 milligrams of each vitamin. There are lesser quantities of some vitamins such as folic acid.
The eleven B complex vitamins are; B1 (Thiamine), B2 (Riboflavin), B3 Niacinamide, B5 (Pantothenic Acid), B6 (Pyridoxine), Biotin, PABA, Folic Acid, B12 (Cobalamin), and Choline and Inositol. Ideally use a B50 complex. In general, vitamin B6 should not be taken in doses over 500 milligrams daily.
Note: The FDA regulates the amount of Folic Acid in vitamin preparations to .800 micrograms (less than one mg). Research shows that this dosage is not adequate. The consensus is that the requirement is at least five milligrams daily.
One practitioner (Atkins) has reported that doses of 5 mg of folic acid and 500 mcg of B12 failed to lower homocysteine in one third of the subjects in a trial. Evidently, more is required.
Nothing on this site is a replacement for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or health care provider.