Vitamin B1 aka Thiamin

There are many different vitamin Bs. They each perform their own function and have their own benefits. However, it is best to take them all together in a vitamin B complex.

Vitamin B1 Thiamin

Vitamin B1, also known as thiamin, is a water-soluble vitamin. It is naturally present in some foods and plays a critical role in energy metabolism. Sulfa drugs, oral contraceptives, antibiotics, heavy alcohol, and heavy caffeine consumption can deplete thiamine levels.


  • Improves efficiency to absorb knowledge

  • Required to burn glucose

  • Helps to take vital oxygen where it's needed

  • Enhances blood circulation and assists in blood formation

  • Carbohydrate metabolism and production of necessary stomach acid

  • Needed for proper muscle tone of the heart, intestines, and stomach

Signs of Deficiency

  • Eye problems, bleeding retina

  • Nerve problems like loss of sense of humor, loss of morale, depression, jealousy, inability to tolerate loud noises, irritability

  • Edema

  • Digestive problems like nausea, lack of appetite, loss of stomach acid

  • Muscle and ligament problems like loss of reflexes, difficulty rising from knees, muscle loss on lower arms and legs

  • Fatigue

  • Low thyroid activity

  • Constipation

  • Numbness in hands and feet

  • Pain and sensitivity

Food Sources

  • Yogurt

  • Sunflower seeds

  • Whole grains

  • Nuts

  • Fish

  • Brown Rice

  • Green leafy vegetables

  • Plums

  • Asparagus

  • Broccoli

Herb Sources

  • Alfalfa

  • Bladderwrack

  • Burdock root

  • Capsicum

  • Catnip

  • Garlic

  • Kelp

  • Red clover

  • Papaya

Hovis, Beth S., ND, MH, CCII. "Vitamins & Minerals." N.p., n.d. Web. 27 July 2020.

"Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS)." National Institutes of Health. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, n.d. Web.


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