Supplements: Thiamine (Vitamin B1)
Thiamine is involved in the discharge of energy from starch or sugar and also takes part in digestion of proteins and fats. It also helps in releasing the right amount of HCL for digestion. Thiamine promotes blood sugar function, adrenals and boosting energy levels. As known, Hashimoto’s patients have little or no stomach acid hence thiamine is a huge relief.
From conducted studies, it has been revealed that there is thiamine deficiency in people with autoimmune reactions, and it is more severe in alcoholics. Most of the processed foods are fortified with thiamine, but since you will be avoiding such foods chances of developing thiamine deficiency are increased.
Symptoms of thiamine deficiency include:
- Abdominal distress
- Low blood pressure
- Low stomach acid
- Trouble digesting carbohydrates
- Brain fog
- Heart damage in the long run
- Breathing difficulty
The commonly prescribed dosage of thiamine is 1.1 mg for women. In other countries the dose is as high as 600 mg. For best results when using thiamine, also incorporate benfotiamine in your use. 600 mg as a dose is extremely high and you may have to take multiple capsules to attain that target. Thiamine has been found to ease fatigue in Hashimoto’s patients considerably.
However, there is no clinical test that can be done to prove that you have mild deficiency since it only affirms severe deficiency. However, if you showed some of the above symptoms of thiamine deficiency, visiting your general practitioner soon is advised for checkups.
Supplements which boost the action of thiamine are benfotiamine by Douglas Labs (four per day) or benfomax by Pure Encapsulations (three per day).
Thiamine boosts energy levels and also normalizes blood pressure. In as much as thiamine is effective, it is important you combine it with a Paleo diet to get better results in digestion, energy levels and blood pressure.