Vitamin B1 - Vitamin anti-neuritis


vitamina b1Vitamin B1 is also called thiamine, because it contains sulfur and amine nitrogen, vitamin anti-neuritis as it prevents and treats polyneuritis; anti-beriberi vitamin, because it treats the disease beriberi.

It is degraded while boiling or baking. It is quickly annihilated in contact with sugar, caffeine, tannins contained in certain plants, alcohol, nicotine. Refining grains (peeling) and treating fruit with sulfites destroy vitamin B1.

Vitamin B1 cannot be synthesized in the human body. It is received into the body through food, either through plant foods as free thiamine, or as TPP (thiamine pyrophosphate) by eating products of animal origin (butter, milk).

Vitamin B1 actions:
• It is fundamental into energy production in the body (in the cells, vitamin B1 allows conversion of glucose and other nutrients into energy)
• together with magnesium it is very important for diabetics
• it is absolutely necessary for normal process of the nervous system functions
• it is involved in the synthesis of neurotransmitters
• together with vitamins B6, B9 and B12 it is recommended in Alzheimer's disease (senile dementia) - impressively improves memory disorders
• it provides the body the energy needed in the fight against infectious agents
• it is essential for normal development of the fetus
• it stimulates the heart and regulates blood pressure
• it protects the body from lead poisoning
• it has an important role in cancer therapy
• it reduces blood acidity
• it has a role in preventing altitude sickness and seasickness
• it protects vitamin C from oxidation
• it has a positive effect on wound healing

Vitamin B1 deficiency occurs especially while excessive consumption of sweets, husked rice, alcohol, and in case of exhaustion and infectious diseases. This deficiency causes: heart disease, brain disorders, anorexia, anxiety, fatigue, mental confusion, depression, loss of memory, gastritis, liver failure, lack of motor coordination, neuralgia, polyneuropathy, immunity and muscle tonus decreasing, eyes and severe mental troubles.

A severe deficiency of vitamin B1 provokes the beriberi disease. This disease is rare nowadays, but vitamin B1 deficiency is common, especially in adolescents who are high consumers of salty foods and sugary drinks. Together with natural intake of vitamin B1 the signs of deficiency are eliminated.

Vitamin B1 excess is quickly eliminated through urine. This vitamin is not stored in the body. For this reason it is necessary to assimilate it from the daily food.


Prescribed quantity:
• Children: 1 mg
• Adolescents: 1.5 mg
• Pregnant or breastfeeding women: 3 mg
• Adults: 1.5-2 mg


Natural sources of vitamin B1:
• Dairy: fresh cheese, milk, whey, buttermilk, cream, butter
• raw egg yolk
• cereals and derived from cereals: wheat germ, rye germ, wheat bran, oatmeal
• vegetables: soy sprouts, horseradish, salsifi, parsley leaf and root, spinach, carrots, red cabbage, tomatoes, turnips, celery root, radishes, black radish, beetroot
• oily: sunflower seeds, linseed
• fruit: peanuts, pecans, pistachios, cashews, hazelnuts, snot, tamarind, sweet almond, figs, prunes, dried apples, pineapple, plums, avocados, oranges, melon, black currants, grapes, red currants , strawberries, tangerines, lemons, pomegranate
• dry yeast and compressed food yeast
• bee products: honey, pollen, royal jelly
• malt extract


Herbs that contain vitamin B1:
• Anise (fruit)
• Thyme Garden
• Coriander (leaves)
• Oriental Ginseng
• Gotu Kola (leaf)
• Icelandic Lichen
• Dill (aerial part)
• Dandelion (aerial part)
• Sage (leaves)


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