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Vitamin B1 and the Benefits You Didn't Know Existed

Vitamin B1, which is also referred to as thiamine, is a coenzyme used by the body to metabolize food for energy and to maintain proper heart and nerve function. Thiamine is used to digest and extract energy from the foods we eat by turning nutrients into useable energy in the form of “ATP”.

Thiamine is a water-soluble vitamin and is used in nearly every cell in the body. It is especially important for supporting energy levels and a healthy metabolism.

The earliest symptoms of thiamine deficiency include constipation, appetite suppression, and nausea. Progressive deficiency will lead to mental depression, peripheral neuropathy and fatigue.

Chronic thiamine deficiency creates more severe neurological symptoms including ataxia, mental confusion and loss of eye coordination (nystagmus).

Health benefits of vitamin B1 include but are not limited to:

Involved in Energy Production: Sugar is the principal source of energy in our body where it is oxidized to form a usable form of energy due to the presence of vitamin B1.

  • Development of Myelin Sheaths: Vitamin B1 helps in the proper development of myelin sheaths around nerves. A deficiency of this vitamin might result in the degeneration of these coverings, which can result in nerve death and damage.

  • Proper Cardiac Function: Vitamin B1 helps in the production of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which is used to relay messages between the nerves and muscles and to ensure proper cardiac function. Vitamin B1 deficiency can, therefore, result in irregular cardiac functions.

  • Prevents Cataracts: When used along with other essential nutrients, Vitamin B1 can delay or prevent the occurrence of cataracts.

  • Anti-Aging Properties: Vitamin B1 works as a powerful antioxidant, which helps protect the body from the signs of aging like wrinkles, age spots, and other age-related conditions that regularly affect the organ systems.

  • Ensures Proper Digestion: Vitamin B1 helps in the secretion of hydrochloric acid, which is essential for the complete digestion of food particles.

  • Prevents Alzheimer’s Disease: Vitamin B1 is thought to slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

  • Improves Memory: Vitamin B1 can improve memory and powers of concentration. It is also used in the management of many nervous disorders such as multiple sclerosis and Bell’s palsy.

  • Red Blood Cell Production: Vitamin B1 plays an important role in the production of red blood cells, which in turn keeps people healthy, active, and energized.

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