Complete information on Vitamin B1 (Thiamin): guide



Thiamine, or Vitamin Bl, is important for nervous system function, musculature and cardiovascular health, as Well as for normal growth and development. The essential co­enzyme also aids in metabolizing carbohydrates, and it helps to regulate the appetite. Can be lost in cooking and food preparation so supplements are advised:

Important for: Enhancing the body's ability to generate energy through the metabolic cycle; digestion of carbohydrates due to increased production of hydrochloric acid; muscle tone in the intestines, heart and lungs; optimizing brain functions; growth.

Sources : The richest sources are; brown rice; chicken; egg yolks; fish; liver; peanuts; pork; wheat germ; and whole grains.

Additional sources include; asparagus; broccoli; Brussels sprouts; kelp; nuts; oatmeal; plums; prunes: raisins; and watercress.

Herbs (e.g. alfalfa; bladder-wrack; burdock root; cayenne; chamomile; fennel; fenugreek; hops; nettles; parsley; peppermint; raspberry leaf; rosehips; and sage).

Possible deficiency symptoms : Loss of appetite; constipation; fatigue; irritability; insomnia; forgetfulness; difficulty breathing; heart and gastrointestinal problems; poor co-ordination and concentration; weight loss.

Hinders maximum absorption: Antibiotics, oral contraceptives and diuretics, such as tea and coffee, may decrease the level of thiamine in the body.

Additional Information: High carbohydrate diets need increased amount of thiamine.

Thiamine acts as an antioxidant, protecting against aging, alcohol and smoking.