DO YOU KNOW YOUR VITAMINS? - VITAMIN B1

VITAMIN B1

Do you know that another name for vitamin B1 is called 'Thiamin'? Thiamin helps our body cells convert food into energy. If one does not have enough vitamin B1 this process cannot work properly. Thiamin is essential for the metabolism of pyruvate.

Thiamin (vitamin B1) helps the body's cells change carbohydrates into energy. The main role of carbohydrates is to provide energy for the body, especially the brain and nervous system. Thiamin also plays a role in muscle contraction and conduction of nerve signals. Thiamin is essential for the metabolism of pyruvate.

A case of thiamin deficiency (beriberi) can take place when your body does not have enough vitamin B1 (thiamin). Your body requires thiamin to help break down different types of sugar. Without enough thiamin, you may experience a variety of symptoms such as loss of appetite, reduced reflexes, fatigue, blurry vision, tingling sensation in the arms and leg, etc.

Food sources of thiamin include beef, liver, dried milk, nuts, oats, oranges, pork, eggs, seeds, legumes, peas, and yeast. Foods are also fortified with thiamin. Some foods that are often fortified with B1 are rice, pasta, bread, cereals, and flour. 

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