What is it?
Thiamin was first discovered in 1910 by Umetaro Suzuki in Japan when researching
how rice bran cured patients of beriberi. He named it aberic acid (later oryzanin).
He did not determine its chemical composition, nor that it was an amine. It was first
crystallized by Jansen and Donath in 1926 (they named it aneurin, for antineuritic vitamin).
Its chemical composition and synthesis was finally reported by Robert R. Williams in
This supplement, also known as vitamin B1 and aneurine hydrochloride, is one
of the B vitamins. It is colorless chemical compound with a chemical formula
C12H17N4OS. It is soluble in water, methanol, and glycerol and practically insoluble
in acetone, ether, chloroform, and benzene. It decomposes if heated. Its
chemical structure contains a pyrimidine ring and a thiazole ring.
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