There are many different types of vitamin B, and all of them are important. Vitamin B1 is a member of this group, and making sure you get enough is essential if you want to maintain your health and wellbeing. Knowing exactly what it does, and how much you need will give you the tools to help you lead a fuller, healthier lifestyle.
Vitamin B1, also known as thiamine, is one of the eight vitamins of the B complex – and it plays vital roles throughout the body. Most notable is its involvement in turning carbs into glucose, as well as breakdown fats and protein. It is also used to maintain a vast array of functions within the body – meaning you need to make sure you are getting enough if you want to stay healthy.
You can obtain vitamin B1 from the following:
- Green vegetables
- Fresh fruit
- Wholegrain products
- And of course, Uzuma green juices!
The recommended minimum daily dose of vitamin B1 is 1mg for men and 0.8mg for women.
Boosts natural energy production
Vitamin B1 plays a role in the natural production of energy. By ensuring you are getting enough of it, you can boost your stamina and endurance for the day, lessening the reliance of ‘fake’ and ‘borrowed’ forms of energy, such as caffeine.
It protects nerve endings
Vitamin B1 is required to produce myelin sheaths. These are protective barriers that cover your nerves. Without them, nerves become damaged, and can even die.
Helps prevent cataracts
Although it can’t do it by itself, vitamin B1 plays a vital supporting role in helping other nutrients protect the eyes from cataracts.
Promotes healthy cardiac function
Vitamin B1 is required to produce acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter used to send messages between nerves and muscles. This makes it essential for healthy heart function.
Helps prevent Alzheimer’s disease
Tests have shown that vitamin B1 is effective at slowing down the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
Improves memory and concentration
Vitamin B1’s ability to help maintain and boost nerves and the central nervous system helps improve memory and concentration. It can also help with various neurological disorders, such as MS.
Vitamin B1 helps with the secretion of hydrochloric acid within the digestive system, which is required to breakdown food.
It’s an antioxidant
Vitamin B1 acts as a powerful antioxidant, protecting the body on a cellular level for free-radicals and degeneration.
What happens if you don’t get enough?
Having a slight B1 deficiency can cause any of the following: tiredness, irritability, memory loss, difficulty sleeping, loss of appetite, lethargy, weight loss, indigestion, and calf muscle tenderness.
If left untreated these symptoms can quickly develop into a condition known as beriberi, whose symptoms include nerve, brain and heart abnormalities. So make sure you get enough!