The Role of Thiamine in Our Life

By Charles Hopkins Published 07/6/2006 | Nutrition

If you are suffering from Beriberi or feeling sickly during your sea travel or you are facing irritation or forgetfulness these days, the reason may be that you are suffering from Thiamine deficiency. Thiamine is also known as Vitamin B1. This colorless compound is a water soluble vitamin. This member of the vitamin B group takes part in various activities and chemical reactions in your body. A little knowledge about this vitamin will enable you to utilize all its facility during the essential moments of sickness. So here is some valuable information for you.

The main purpose of thiamine in your body is to convert the carbohydrate into energy. It is needed for the enhancement of the blood formation and blood circulation. Thiamine is also essential for the good health of your nervous system. At the same time it also plays an important role in the process of digestion by taking a part in the manufacturing of the hydrochloric acid. Scientists and researchers have also proved Thiamines essentiality for the growth of your brain. They have shown that thiamine can even play a role in reducing your mental depression and strengthening your memory and learning abilities.

What happens if there is a severe deficiency of Thiamine in your body? It may result in some fatal diseases including Beriberi. On the other hand a minor deficiency of Thiamine can lead to these problems like, irritability, extreme fatigue, edema, forgetfulness etc. Constipation, gastro intestinal disturbances, heart diseases, enlarged liver etc may also occur if the proper amount of Thiamine is not received by your body. If you intake too little amount of Thiamine, it may cause you numbness in the hands and feet, severe weight loss, weak muscle, nervousness etc.

You should see whether the proper amount of Thiamine is entering in to your body or not. At the same time you must also look that the required level of this vitamin should not exceed. Generally 1.4 mg is needed per day for male and on the other hand 1.0 mg per day is essential for female. Thiamine toxicity is very rare. But a long term supplementation of more than 3 gram may cause toxicity. It will be good if you take it with Vitamin B and manganese. Vitamin B1 or Thiamine cannot be stored in your body. So you have to take from out side sources in a regular basis. But once it is absorbed by your body the vitamin is concentrated in your muscle tissues.  

If you want thiamine through your diet, you should not add soda while boiling the green vegetables. Cooking also destroys Thiamine. So you must not use high refined food. Natural diet is always a better away to intake any vitamin. The natural sources of Thiamine are sunflower seeds, wheat bran, beef liver, peanuts, pork, sea food, egg yolk, beans etc. all these vegetables and non vegetable items contain a huge amount of vitamin B1 or Thiamine.