What is Thiamine (B1) and Why Your Body Needs It

June 05, 2018

What is Thiamine (B1) and Why Your Body Needs It

Vitamin B1, which is also referred to as thiamine, is a coenzyme used by the body to metabolize food for energy and to maintain proper heart and nerve function. It is found in foods such as cereals, whole grains, meat, nuts, beans, and peas. Thiamine is important in the breakdown of carbohydrates from foods into products needed by the body.

Thiamine is used to treat or prevent vitamin B1 deficiency. The injection is used to treat beriberi, a serious condition caused by prolonged lack of vitamin B1.

Thiamine is used in combination with other B vitamins, which make up the “B Vitamin Complex”, to regulate important functions of the cardiovascular system, endocrine system, and digestive system. Contact us directly for more information on the complex system. Thiamine is a water-soluble vitamin and is used in nearly every cell in the body. It is especially important for supporting energy levels and a healthy metabolism.

Without high enough levels of thiamine, the molecules found in carbohydrates and proteins (in the form of branched-chain amino acids) cannot be properly used by the body to carry out various important functions.

A person deficient in thiamine may experience weakness, chronic fatigue, heart complications, psychosis, and nerve damage. Thiamine can be found in many commonly eaten foods including yeasts, certain whole grains, beans,nuts, and meat.  Additionally it is included in many vitamin B complex supplement products.

Dr. Axe gives us a list of Thiamine Rich Food Sources.

15 Vitamin B1/ Thiamine Food Sources:

Based on the adult RDA of 1.2 mg/daily (3)

1. Nutritional Yeast
2 Tbsp: 9.6 mg (640%)

2. Seaweed
1 cup seaweed: 2.66 mg (216%)

3. Sunflower Seeds
1 cup: 2.0 mg (164%)

4. Macadamia Nuts
1 cup: 1.6 mg (132%)

5. Black Beans
1/3 cup dried, or about 1 cup cooked: .58 mg (48%)

6. Lentils
1/3 cup dried, or about 1 cup cooked: .53 mg (44%)

7. Organic Edameme/Soybeans
1/3 cup dried, or about 1 cup cooked: .53 mg (44%)

8. Navy Beans
1/3 cup dried, or about 1 cup cooked: .53 mg (44%)

9. White Beans
1/3 cup dried, or about 1 cup cooked: .53 mg (44%)

10. Green Split Peas
1/3 cup dried, or about 1 cup cooked: .48 mg (40%)

11. Pinto beans
1/3 cup dried, or about 1 cup cooked: .46 mg (39%)

12. Mung Beans
1/3 cup dried, or about 1 cup cooked: .42 mg (36%)

13. Beef Liver
1 3 oz. piece cooked: .32 mg (26%)

14. Asparagus
1 cup cooked: .30 mg (25%)

15. Brussel Sprouts
1 cup cooked: .16 (13%)

What Are the Benefits of Thiamine

1.  Helps to Maintain a Healthy Metabolism

2.  Helps to Prevent Nerve Damage

3.  Helps the Cardiovascular System

4.  Helps Boost the Immune System

5.  Has Been Known to Help Treat Alcoholism

6.  Helps Prevent Brain Disorders

7.  Helps to Enhance Learning Abilities

8.  Mood Enhancer

9.  Vision Preventative

 

 




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