(vitamin B-1 deficiency)


Dutch physician Christiaan Eijkman found that rice consumed without the bran covering resulted in Beriberi and thus discovered vitamin B.  He found that both the nervous system + carbohydrate metabolism were adversely affected without vitamin B
He and British biochemist Sir Frederick Gowland Hopkins were awarded the Nobel Prize in 1929. + 


volume 7 #6 Healthy Living quotes Reader's Digest WWII story of soldiers cured of beriberi after eating coconuts as islanders did.  Beriberi is psychiatric disease due to lack of vitamin B1.