Benefits of Vitamin B1
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Thiamin might be beneficial for people with Alzheimer's disease and older adults
with mental impairment.
Because thiamin plays a part in the reactions that supply the body with energy, "stress formula" supplements often tout it as a cure for stress and fatigue. Although thiamin does not provide energy itself, it helps turn the food you eat into energy. If you're marginally low in thiamin, a supplement will help squeeze more energy out of your food. But deficiencies aren't common if you eat a varied diet of whole foods. Take a look at the thiamin values for the foods listed on the next page, Foods That Contain Vitamin B1, before assuming you have a deficiency.
Thiamin can be found in "enriched" foods, although high cooking temperatures can destroy thiamin. Go to the next page to learn which foods are a good source of this nutrient.
Vitamin B1 is just one of many vital nutrients you need to maintain your health. Visit these links to learn more about other essential vitamins.
- Vitamin A, or retinol, plays a vital role in vision. Learn more in How Vitamin A Works.
- In How Vitamin B2 Works, read about how B2, or riboflavin, works in concert with its B-complex relatives to metabolize carbohydrates, fats, and proteins.
- Vitamin B3, or niacin, acts as a coenzyme, assisting other substances in the conversion of food into energy. Learn more in How Vitamin B3 Works.
- In How Vitamin E Works, learn about this important antioxidant with far-reaching health benefits.
- Vitamin K is important in allowing your blood to clot properly. Learn more in How Vitamin K Works.
- To learn about the many vitamins in our diet, how much you should be eating, and where to find them, go to our general Vitamins page.
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