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.