Thiamine, vitamin B1 plays a significant role in the breakdown of proteins and carbohydrates so that it can be used by our body for fuel and building tissue. It is a water soluble organic compound.
Thiamine also –
- Is a coenzyme that enables fat production
- Supports brain function
- Helps regulate body temperature
- Can help lower blood sugar levels
- Can reverse symptoms in people with type 2 diabetes
A deficiency in thiamine can lead to –
- depression or mood swings
- heart problems
- disorders of the central nervous disorders
- muscle weakness
- poor appetite
- tingling and numbness in hands and feet
- severe weight loss
- increased sensitivity to pain
A deficiency of B1- Thiamine can be caused by consuming too many carbohydrates, processed foods and alcohol abuse.
The proper recommended daily allowance (RDA) of Thiamine is 1.2 mg for men and 1.1 mg for women until age 50.
A pregnant or nursing woman, who needs more calories, requires more thiamin than other women but it is recommended that she find the extra thiamine in food sources, rather than by taking supplements.
Excessive doses of Vitamin can cause hives, itching, nausea, dry mouth and lips and discolored skin.
Injections of B1 are sometimes recommended as a treatment for diabetes. Consult with your doctor about this option,
Common food sources of thiamine include lima beans, pork, breads and most cereals. Thiamine is degraded by high cooking temperatures.
Did you know that –
- Feeling out of breath when you climb the stairs might be due to a B1 deficiency?
- B1 might relieve the bloating associated with PMS?
- Studies are showing that Vitamin B1 supplements might help hair transplants take root!
- The husk of rice contains more B1 then the kernel
Some people believe that taking high doses of B1 creates a natural odor to the skin that acts as a bug repellent