Vitamin B1

What is Vitamin B1?

Vitamin B1, also known as Thiamin, is a B-complex vitamin. B vitamins are all key players in energy production from carbohydrates and fats that you consume daily, and Vitamin B1, is no exception. Vitamin B1 plays the critical role of gate keeper between the early carbohydrate breakdown, which is not very efficient and the high energy carbohydrate breakdown of the Krebs’ cycle. Thiamine is also for digestive problems like poor appetite, ulcerative colitis and diarrhea. It is also use for AIDS patients to boost their immune systems.

Where can I find Vitamin B1 in my diet?

Asparagus is the best way to include Vitamin B1 in your diet. However, flax and sunflower seeds are also a great way to incorporate Vitamin B1 into your diet. Many green leafy vegetables are very good sources of B1.

How does Vitamin B1 work?

Vitamin B1 deficiencies are often related to neurological problems because the brain is the tissue in the body that requires the most energy. While Vitamin B1 deficiencies are rare, it affects the nervous system, the heart, and the digestive system. Vitamin B1 keeps the structure and integrity of the brain cells intact. B1 deficiencies has been linked to many nervous system disorders like alcohol related brain disease, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.

How does Vitamin B1 hold up in cooking/storage?

Vitamin B1 is prone to degradation through heat and it is not stable in storage. The risk of dietary deficiency of B1 is very high in the United States. Wheat flour needs to be “enriched” with many nutrients, including Vitamin B1 for Americans to reach the daily dose of Vitamin B1. However, for many people this isn’t enough because their bodies have trouble processing it. Thus, a good complete Vitamin B supplement is always a good choice.

REFERENCES:

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=nutrient&dbid=100 http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/965.html