Vitamin B1 Can Reverse Early Stage Kidney Disease

Although this may not be on your top list, you will soon see how important it is to protect your kidneys. Vitamin B1, also called thiamine, is a natural element that has been shown to reverse the early stages of kidney disease. This is not surprising considering that it is easily available and inexpensive. 

Diabetic nephropathy is a condition in which people who have been suffering from diabetes for more than 15 years develop kidney disease. Microalbuminuria, which is a protein found in the urine, is a common symptom. In 2008, researchers discovered that vitamin B1 could actually reduce this symptom by 41%. However, in some cases, it also becomes necessary to get kidney transplant therapy in the early stage of kidney disease.

Dr. Broumand informing a healthy volunteer on Research Trials for Kidney Disease Treatments

According to the study, those with diabetes are most likely to consume the least amount of thiamine. The age of people was not included in the study. Low levels of this can lead to hypertension and high blood sugar in adolescents. Researchers discovered that high levels of thiamine in the urine can reduce albumin and reverse diabetic nephropathy.

What is vitamin B1 and how does it work?

Thiamine is one of the most common and essential B1 vitamins. It helps the body convert carbohydrates from food into fuel or glucose, and then produce energy. Thiamine aids the body in metabolizing fats and protein. 

Symptoms of deficiency:

  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Abdominal discomfort
  • Trouble in digesting carbohydrates
  • Some of the best sources of vitamin B1 are:
  • Asparagus
  • Tuna
  • Green Peas
  • Ground flax seeds

Although it is uncommon to become deficient, people who are on kidney dialysis, suffer from Crohn's disease or anorexia, or those who drink excessively alcohol may be at risk of kidney failure.