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Vitamin B1 (Thiamin) Do we need it???

Posted by on Mar. 8, 2009 at 5:26 PM
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 Vitamin B1 (Thiamin)

Vitamin B1, also known as thiamin, helps fuel your body by converting blood sugar into energy. It keeps your mucous membranes healthy and is essential for nervous system, cardiovascular and muscular function.

Nutritionists categorize vitamins by the materials that a vitamin will dissolve in. There are two categories: water-soluble and fat-soluble vitamins. Water-soluble vitamins, which include the B-complex group and vitamin C, travel through the bloodstream. Whatever water-soluble vitamins are not used by the body are eliminated in urine, which means you need a continuous supply of them in your food. Vitamin B1 is a water-soluble vitamin.

How Much Vitamin B1 Is Enough?
Women should have 1.1 milligrams every day, and men should have 1.5 milligrams every day.

Other Vitamins:

Sources of Vitamin B1
The best sources of Vitamin B1 are yeasts and liver. The following foods are good sources of Vitamin B1:

  • Pork
  • Whole-grain cereals
  • Rye and whole-wheat flour
  • Wheat germ
  • Navy beans and kidney beans

Can You Have Too Much or Too Little?
It's pretty rare in the United States for a person to be deficient in this vitamin. A lack of it can cause beriberi, a condition that involves confusion, muscle wasting, nerve problems and a rapid heartbeat. It's usually only seen in the United States in babies who are fed formula that isn't supplemented with Vitamin B1 or in people who drink large amounts of alcohol. People who drink heavily should talk to their doctors about how to quit drinking and whether they need vitamin B1 supplements.

Vitamin Storage
If you want to get the most vitamins possible from your food, refrigerate fresh produce and keep milk and grains away from strong light. Vitamins are easily destroyed and washed out during food preparation and storage. If you take vitamin supplements, store them at room temperature in a dry place that's free of moisture.

by on Mar. 8, 2009 at 5:26 PM
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lilrdhen
by on Mar. 9, 2009 at 7:53 AM

Thanks Karen. I tried to find B12 over the week-end, and couldn't find it anywhere. All the shelves were empty, where it should have been. I wonder if that means there are lots of people taking it.

Mamasan1657
by Group Owner on Mar. 9, 2009 at 11:57 PM

I don't doubt it.  But since you have to look....look for Methyl B12.  It absorbs better.....and look for a fairly high dose...I take two shots of 1000 mg each as well as 1000 mg by mouth....

The more the better.

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