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Vitamin B1 Thiamine
Thiamine, or Vitamin B1 (also known as aneurin), is one of the substances the body must have in order to convert carbohydrates into energy. Thiamine helps the body make thiamine pyrophosphate (TPP), without which the body is unable to convert food into energy.
Vitamin B1 also keeps your heart muscles healthy so that the heart beats regularly, and is critical to the maintenance of a well-functioning brain and nervous system.
In fact, vitamin B1 is so important to a healthy mental state, it has been called the "morale vitamin".
Wheat germ, sunflower seeds, nuts, oranges, beans and peas, raisins, asparagus, cauliflower, potatoes, milk, whole wheat bread, oatmeal, and brown rice are all good sources of thiamine. It is also found in salmon steak, pork, beef and chicken, and fortified breads and cereals.
Should you consider taking supplemental B1? Well, consider this: Foods containing thiamin lose a good deal of their nutritional value if they are refrigerated, and sulfites (preservatives added to prepared foods in restaurants) also destroy thiamine in food. If you are relying on convenience foods or trips to the salad bar to supply you with the RDA of thiamine, you should think of taking a Vitamin B1 supplement.
Also, if you drink a lot of coffee or tea, you will benefit from supplementation, as caffeine drinks act as a diuretic; these beverages cause both water and water-soluble vitamins (such as thiamine) to be eliminated from the body more quickly.
Both smoking and alcohol consumption also interfere with thiamine absorption.
Furthermore, absorption of thiamine is entirely dependent upon getting enough vitamin B6, vitamin B12, and folic acid. For this reason, taking a well-balanced Vitamin B complex supplement makes perfect sense.
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