Posted by Dr. Hildy®
St. Patrick’s Day © March 17, 2012
Series 1: Vitamins & Minerals
Vitamin B1 is also known as thiamin or thiamine. However there are several vitamins in the B complex, and they are all interdependent and should all be taken at the same time. A failure to have all of the B complex vitamins may lower the body’s resistance to disease. Thiamine is especially valuable as an aid in the metabolism of carbohydrates. Unless carbohydrates can be converted into energy, the individual will lack energy, drive and sparkle. This vitamin is considered essential for reproductive powers and for proper nerve function.
An insufficient supply of thiamine can result in a variety of symptoms related to the functioning of the nervous system, such as irritability, insomnia, loss of appetite and constipation. At times the arms and legs may feel numb due to the unhealthy nerves. The lack of sufficient thiamine may cause beri-beri, the disease marked by extreme weakness, loss of appetite and weight, digestive disturbances, painful neuritis, and even paralysis. The heart action is likely to become abnormal and mental depression is a common symptom. The individual becomes short of breath with by very little exertion. An insufficient supply of this vitamin also prevents the formation of hydrochloric acid in the stomach, which is needed for digestion of food. Thiamin is a part of the enzyme system that breaks down pyruvic and lactic acids, releasing energy. Read the rest of this entry →
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