Thiaminase

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What is Thiaminase?

Thiaminase is an enzyme that breaks down thiamine into two molecular parts.

Thiamine or thiamin, also known as vitamin B1, is one of the B category:vitamins. It is a colourless compound and is soluble in water.

All B vitamins help the animal to convert carbohydrates into glucose (sugar), which is "burned" to produce energy. Thiaminase will reduce this process.

If an animal eats raw animal flesh containing Thiaminase over a period of time of several months then thiaminase will break down the vitamin B1, an essential element of life and render it inactive. Therefore over time the health of your animal will suffer.

But thankfully thiaminase does not stay in the body long however and simply feeding the animal different foods which contain vitamin B1 is all that is required. Alternatively cook the raw flesh first as thiaminase decomposes if heated.

Animal flesh containing Thiaminase

(This is not an exhaustive list. But see link below.)

Animal flesh NOT containing Thiaminase

(This is not an exhaustive list. But see link below.)

Vitamin B Deficiency Symptoms

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