Your Guide to Vitamin B1
Vitamin B1 is also known as thiamin or thiamine and aneurin or aneurine. The name thiamin is generally used in
the US for vitamin B1, whereas aneurin is vitamin B1 name used throughout Europe, in particular the UK.
Vitamin B1 helps convert blood sugar into energy and plays a vital role in nerve function. As such, vitamin B1is
mportant for nervous system and the overall cardiovascular and muscular functions of the body. Thiamin is found in
both the nerves and brain, thus being especially important for both memory and general mental health.
Vitamin B1 deficiency causes beriberi
The deficiency in Vitamin b1 can cause weight loss, cardiovuscular abnormalities, and neuromuscular disorders.
One of the well known conditions brought about by vitamin b1 deficiency is beri-beri syndrome. Beriberi is
characterised by weight loss, muscle weakness, weariness, and heart and neuromuscural problems. Dry beri-beri,
which usually afflicts adults, can cause inflamation of nerves, leading to much more serious heart and muscles
problems. Beriberi syndrome is often associated with chronic alcoholism, as alcohol is high in anti-thiamin
B1 is water-soluble vitamin
Vitamin B1 or thiamine belongs to group of water-soluble vitamins. It cannot be stored in the body, but once
it's absorbed from food or by direct intake, it will stay concetrated in muscle tissue. Vitamin b1 is also useful
for digestive system, because it keeps mucous membranes healthy.
Food sources of vitamin B1
Good sources of vitamin b1 are usually whole grains, legumes and enriched cereals and breads. Many beans are
good course of vitamin b1, such soya beans and pinto beans. Of meats, pork, liver and beef are good vitamin b1
sources. Vitamn b1 can also be found in green peas, spinach and nuts.