Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)

Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)

Functions

  • Needed to obtain energy from carbohydrates, fats and alcohol.
  • Important for proper functioning of nerves and nervous system.
  • Prevents the build-up of toxic substances in the body¬† which may damage the heart and nervous system.
  • Promotes normal appetite.

Sources

  • Wheat germ
  • Whole wheat
  • Brown rice
  • Oats
  • Fortified breakfast cereals
  • White bread
  • Legumes
  • Nuts (Walnuts, cashewnuts, groundnuts, etc.)
  • Gingelly seeds
  • Avocado
  • Pork
  • Yeast
  • Liver
  • Heart
  • Kidneys

Deficiency

  • Beri beri
  • Fatigue
  • Confusion
  • Depression
  • Gastrointestinal disturbances
  • Poor memory
  • Prickling sensation in feet

Toxicity

  • No known toxicity in humans.

Recommended dietary allowances