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Vitamin B1 (Thiamin)

Let’s learn about Vitamin B1! Thiamin is a water-soluble B vitamin critical for good nutrition.  Thiamin aids in the production of energy in all tissues in the body but is most crucial for tissues in the heart and skeletal muscle.  It is necessary for the body to produce the neurotransmitter, acetylcholine.  Acetylcholine is the chemical used by the nervous system and the brain.

If one has a Vitamin B1 deficiency, they might exhibit any of the following symptoms:

  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Edema
  • Tachycardia (increased heart rate)
  • Loss of appetite
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Memory loss
  • Neuropathy
  • Muscle wasting
  • Fatigue

Vitamin B1 has been shown to help the following conditions:

  • Beri Beri (wet and dry – forms affect the nervous system and the heart)
  • Intestinal disease
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Hypothyroid
  • Congestive heart failures

Things that could interfere with or deplete Vitamin B1 are as follows:

  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Diuretics used to lower blood pressure
  • Seizure medications

And finally, where can you find Vitamin B1? You can find it in foods such as:

  • Pork
  • Legumes
  • Watermelon
  • Green beans
  • Asparagus
  • Organ meats
  • Dairy products
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