I will be exploring the B Vitamins in detail in some up coming blog posts but today we will start with Vitamin B1, also known as Thiamine.
Vitamin B1 or Thiamine, is a water soluble vitamin, that helps the body break down and release energy from carbohydrates, proteins and fat in our food and also helps keep our nervous system healthy, which is really important especially when it comes to stress and anxiety. Thiamine is considered a co-enzyme that is used by the body to metabolize food for energy and to maintain proper heart and nerve function. It is especially important for supporting energy levels and a healthy metabolism
A Thiamine deficiency although not common, can occur in cases of excessive alcohol consumption, gastric bypass surgery, Chron’s disease, anorexia, or from a poor diet lacking in nutrients.
Symptoms of deficiency are: muscle, wasting, weight loss, cardiovascular problems, confusion, irritability, poor coordination, lethargy, fatigue, muscle weakness, and even psychosis.
Some food sources include pork, poultry, whole grain breads and cereals, soybeans, soy products, dried beans, green peas, lentils, squash, wheat germ, oatmeal, nuts, rice, yeast, asparagus, potatoes, mushrooms, and sunflower seeds.
One of the best ways to ensure the avoidance of any deficiency is to eat a well balanced dieting consisting of foods packed with both macro and micro-nutrients and to supplement for added protection.
Maggie Holbik.com is a Board Certified Nutritionist who resides in Canada. Maggie helps people on the path to wellness and vibrancy of body, mind and spirit.