Vitamin B1 – The Benefits
Also called thiamine or thiamin, is one of eight B vitamins. All B vitamins help the body convert food (carbohydrates) into fuel (glucose), which the body uses to produce energy. These B vitamins, often referred to as B-complex vitamins, also help the body metabolise fats and protein. B-complex vitamins are needed for a healthy liver, skin, hair, and eyes. They also help the nervous system function properly and are necessary for proper brain function.
All B vitamins are water soluble, meaning that the body does not store them.
Like other B-complex vitamins, thiamine is sometimes called an “anti-stress” vitamin because it may strengthen the immune system and improve the body’s ability to withstand stressful conditions. It is named B1 because it was the first B vitamin discovered.
Thiamine is found in both plants and animals and plays a crucial role in certain metabolic reactions. The body needs it to form adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which every cell of the body uses for energy.
A thiamine deficiency creates problems in the digesting of carbohydrates. This allows a substance called pyruvic acid to build up in the bloodstream, causing a loss of mental alertness, difficulty breathing, and heart damage, a disease known as beriberi.
The most important use of thiamine is to treat beriberi, which is caused by not getting enough thiamine in your diet. Symptoms include
Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome is a brain disorder caused by thiamine deficiency. Wernicke-Korsakoff is two disorders. Wernicke disease involves damage to nerves in the central and peripheral nervous systems. Korsakoff syndrome is characterised by memory problems and nerve damage. High doses of thiamine can improve muscle coordination and confusion but rarely improves memory loss.
Preliminary evidence suggests that thiamine, along with other nutrients, may lower the risk of developing cataracts. Dogs with plenty of protein and vitamins A, B1, B2, and B3 (or niacin) in their diet are less likely to develop cataracts. Getting enough vitamins C, E, and B complex vitamins, particularly B1, B2, B9 (folic acid), and B12, may further protect the lens of eyes from developing cataracts.
Low levels of thiamine are associated with depression. In one study of elderly Chinese adults, reduced thiamine levels were associated with a higher risk of depression.
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