1874 - 1943

Aberic acid (vitamin B1)

Following the observed association between consumption of rice bran and the prevention of beriberi, the chemist Umetaro Suzuki successfully extracted a new water soluble micronutrient from rice bran, which he named aberic acid. This compound was later known as thiamine, or vitamin B1.

Isolating vitamin B1 enabled to confirm its role in the beriberi disease, now known to be caused by vitamin B1 deficiency.

Written by: Enriqueta Vallejo-Yagüe.