What is the cause of beriberi?

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Michael T. Murray, ND
Naturopathic Medicine
Today, white rice is often enriched with thiamine and other nutrients lost during milling. However, beriberi is still prevalent in many parts of Asia, where white rice supplies up to 80 percent of the total calories. Beriberi and many other nutrient deficiencies in third-world countries could be prevented if the people simply ate whole grains.

The story of beriberi and the discovery of thiamine highlights the value of whole grains over polished grains. In addition to many known nutrients, whole grains provide substantially more phytochemicals, and possibly many unknown compounds with health-promoting properties as well.
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