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Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)

Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) is responsible for a normally functioning nervous system and metabolism.

Benefits

– Ensures normal operation of mucous membranes, nervous system, heart and muscles.
– Improves appetite.
– Improves mental alertness and memory.

People who are recovering from surgery, substance abusers and those people over the age of 55 receive noticeable benefits from this vitamin.

Sources

You can find vitamin B1 in a large variety of common foods such as baked potatoes, flour, meat, whole grains, oranges, rice and cereal.

Deficiency

Deficiency in Thiamine can result in increased fatigue, and decreased mental functioning.  One can also experience depression or an increased depressive state.  Physical symptoms include muscle cramps, nausea and heart enlargement with an increased risk of beriberi (a nervous system ailment).

Recommended Daily Intake

The recommended daily intake for men is 1.2 mg and for women is 1.1 mg.  During pregnancy a dose of 1.4 mg is recommended.


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