Vitamin B1 or Thiamin helps convert sugar into energy in the muscles and bones and is involved in all the key metabolic processes in the nervous system, heart, blood cells and muscles. It is found in all plant and animal foods but rich sources are whole grains, brown rice and seafood.
It has been found to be beneficial in the treatment of nervous disorders and is the only vitamin that can protect against the imbalances caused by alcoholism. There are more cases of deficiency of this vitamin than of any other and this is thought to be due to the effect of excessive alcohol consumption which in turn is believed to be related to stress.
Optimum intake of the vitamin will help us cope with stress and thereby at the same time reduce the need and desire for excessive alcohol consumption.
The symptoms of a deficiency in Vitamin B1 can include:
- Loss of appetite
- Muscle Weakness
In certain circles it is recommended that the dosage be increased to between 100-300mg per day for heavy drinkers, smokers, pregnant women or those taking the pill. As there have been no reports of toxicity for this vitamin is believed to be safe to be consumed by all. In general cases it is suggested that it may be most beneficial as part of a daily B-complex supplement.