All About Thiamine

Thiamine as you all know is an essential vitamin that our body needs to keep all the body function working optimally. It is one of those vitamins that is responsible for maintaining many of the essential and vital function. It participates in many of the enzymatic process that are related to the energy production. Energy, as you all know, is essential for all the cells. They need it to carry out all of their activities, survive, reproduce and do much much more. With all that said, thiamine is absolutely essential when it comes to being healthy.

Thiamine deficiencies are very rare these days, especially in the developed countries. Most of the food products that we eat are highly fortified in vitamin B1, also known as thiamine. We don’t need a huge amount of this vitamin to stay healthy. Only a small amount will the do the job for us, and provide us all that we need for our bodily functions. Since it is required in very small amount, it is easy to obtain from foods that contain a lot of thiamine. Also, it is very easy to treat deficiencies.

Thiamine deficiencies occur the most in alcoholics. This problem is very troublesome for individuals in the western countries. Regular consumption of alcohol interferes witht he absorption of thiamine. Alcohol does not let our body extract the thiamine it needs from the food we eat. Therefore, alcoholic individuals needs to stop drinking alcohol completely, or reduce the amount of alcohol they drink. This can ensure that you will get all the thiamine you need (if you don’t have any other medical condition that may interfere with thiamine absorption). Also, to easily treat deficiencies, you can just start on some vitamin supplementation and it will provide you enough thiamine you need.

Lastly, talk to your doctor first. It is the one thing you should always do before making any decision about your health. You doctor has your medical history. He/she knows which supplementation is best for you.

Importance of Vitamin B1 in Your Diet

Foods containing thiamineSo we all know how important all the nutrients are for our health. If we don’t get all of these required nutrients, we develop deficiencies. When we develop deficiencies, they can interfere with normal body functions, or they may hinder them completely. As a result of all of this, we feel sick and that is never good.

So in this article, i’m going to talk about vitamin B1 related deficiencies, how they occur and how they can be treated. Vitamin B1 is also known as thiamine. Before we talk about this important vitamins, let’s first talk about what vitamin really are.

Vitamins are those important nutritional element that play an important role in maintaining our health. They participate in many of the major and vital biochemical pathways to keep everything running as efficient as possible within our body. Without them, our body would fail to carry out those important function properly and that would lead to deficiency.

Can our body produce all the vitamins we need? This is a question that people often ask. Our body is able to synthesize some of the vitamins BUT not all. Therefore, all the vitamins that it can’t synthesize must come from our diet. We need to make sure that our diet is of high quality, or we will miss out all the important vitamins we need.

High quality is not the only thing you should be looking at. High quality PLUS the right type of foods is what you need. For example, if you believe you have thiamine deficiency, you should be consuming high quality vitamin B1 rich foods.

I would like to mention at this point that there are two major groups of population who are at an increased risk of developing thiamine deficiency. First on the list is the individuals who consume a lot of alcohol regularly and second is the people who rely on polished rich as a major food source in under developed countries.

Alcoholics are at an increased risk because alcohol decreases the absorption ability of thiamine. Alcohol interferes with the process that stops out intestines from absorbing whatever amount of thiamine that passes through. In such individuals, thiamine deficiency can be easily prevented by decreasing the amount of alcohol that is consumed. At the same time, individuals suffering from such deficiencies should start taking in more foods that are rich in this vitamin.

last but not the least, i would like to suggest that you should always consult your doctor before starting any supplementation. You doctor know a whole more about you than anyone else. Therefore, he/she is in the best position to make a perfect recommendation for you.

Thanks for reading.