Facts About Vitamin B Thiamin

Vitamin B1

Vitamin B1-(Thiamin)

"The Antiberiberi Vitamin"

Facts about Vitamin B Thiamin

Vitamin B1 - also referred to as Thiamin was the first B vitamin to be discovered. It is one of eight B-Complex water-soluble vitamins and, as such, it is not stored in the body. After the body uses what it needs the excess is excreted through urine.

Health Facts about Vitamin B1

Thiamin is necessary for energy production in every cell, but especially in the heart and brain. It also aids in digestion, particularly carbohydrates, and it is needed for proper growth.

In addition, vitamin B1 aids in the normal functioning of the nervous system, including promoting a healthy brain, and it is essential for healthy skin, blood, hair, and muscles.

In fact, vitamin B1 is also known as the "morale vitamin" because of its health-enhancing effects on the nervous system and mental attitude.

Brief Historical Facts about Vitamin B1

Vitamin B1 (thiamin) gained its major nutritional importance when researchers discovered that the disease known as beriberi was caused by a deficiency in vitamin B1 (thiamin). However, even long before the discovery of vitamin B1, researchers believed that beriberi was linked to some sort of dietary deficiency.

Today, beriberi is rare, except in third world countries, but at one time it was very common in societies where diets consisted mostly of polished white rice and other processed foods.

Facts about Vitamin B1….Signs of Deficiency

Today, it is well-known that a vitamin B1 deficiency can cause beriberi. However, not getting enough of this vitamin can have many other negative effects on health.

For example, a vitamin B1 deficiency can lead to fatigue, forgetfulness, constipation, enlarged liver, heart changes, edema, gastrointestinal problems, irritability, difficulty breathing, loss of appetite, numbness of the feet and hands, poor coordination, tingling sensations, weak and sore muscles, severe weight loss, and general weakness.

Experts state that the following may decrease thiamin levels in the body. They include:

  • Dilantin (a drug used for seizure disorders)
  • Oral contraceptives
  • Sulfa drugs
  • Antibiotics
  • Heavy consumption of alcohol or caffeine

    In addition, diets that are high in carbohydrates also increase the need for vitamin B1.

    So, who is at risk the most for a thiamin deficiency? Alcoholics and, as such, would benefit from supplementation.

    Facts about Vitamin B1…..Overdose

    In general, high doses of vitamin B1 do not cause any adverse effects because the excess is not stored and is excreted through urine. However, an excessive amount of isolated B vitamins interferes with the absorption of other members of this vitamin family.

    In other words, the B vitamins work together as a team and high doses of thiamin may reduce the absorption of vitamin B2 (riboflavin) and vitamin B6 (pyridoxine).

    Facts about Vitamin B1…..Supplements

    Because the B vitamins work as a team, many experts do not recommend taking a single B vitamin unless instructed by a physician.

    The best way to ensure you are getting enough vitamin B1 and not too much is to take a multivitamin and mineral supplement from a reputable company.

    Tips on selecting a quality multivitamin supplement

    Here's what to look for based on our experience:

    1. Select a supplement from a manufacturer that follows pharmaceutical GMP compliance, which is the highest standard possible. This is CRUCIAL because dietary supplements in the U.S. are unregulated and purity and quality has been reported as a very serious issue.

    In fact, consumers only have a 1 in 5 chance of buying a product that actually contains the amount of ingredients stated on the label or one that is not contaminated.

    2. Contact the company and ask if they have a Certificate of Analysis on file confirming the potency of each batch. Avoid companies that do not provide you with this information. Companies that have high quality supplements will have this on file. You can also obtain this information by checking their quality assurance methods.

    3. Be sure to read supplement labels. Check to see if the product contains fillers or additives such as sugar, starch, gluten, silica (sand!) or any artificial flavors or colors.

    4. Look for a multivitamin and mineral supplement that is created by someone who is well-credentialed and qualified (top-notch scientist) to create a supplement with ingredients that work in balance and synergistically to offer the maximum results.

    5. Select a comprehensive multivitamin and mineral supplement with enteric coating. This substance protects nutrients from being lost in gastric acids and, as such, they are dissolved in the upper intestine where they are then assimilated into the blood stream.

    A Comprehensive Product

    Now you know all about the facts about vitamin B thiamin, want to reap its health benefits?

    We here at Nutritional-Supplement-Educational-Centre personally take an all-in-one highly sophisticated comprehensive multi-nutrient product called Total Balance from a New Zealand company called Xtend-Life Natural Products.

    More specifically, Total Balance contains a full spectrum of over 70 specialized nutrients that the body needs for optimum health, including vitamin B thiamin, antioxidants, amino acids, specialty nutrients, herbal extracts, enzymes, minerals, and other vitamins. In addition, Xtend-Life’s Total Balance meets all of the above requirements for high quality supplements, including enteric coating.

    All of the ingredients are scientifically combined in a synergistic way to enhance and maximize the efficacy of each other. The product is formulated by a highly credentialed scientific team that can blend these ingredients perfectly to ensure maximum benefits, but as importantly that do not interact adversely. The company also uses only standardized herbal extracts, the purest herbal extracts with the highest quality and therapeutic benefits, and they adhere to strict GMP compliance, which is the toughest in the industry.

    Lastly, all the ingredients in Xtend-Life Natural Products are supported with a Certificate of Analysis (COA) and, in addition, the company does a series of crosschecks before purchasing any raw ingredients that guarantees their potency and safety.

    We have been taking Total Balance for several years now and can personally attest to its excellent results such as significantly more energy, vitality, and an improved sense of well being.

    We hope this webpage discussing the facts about vitamin B thiamin was useful to you.

    To Your Health!

    The Editors


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