Thiamine (vitamin B1), “the morale vitamin”

Thiamine (vitamin B1), the “morale vitamin,” got its nickname because of its positive impact on our nerves.

It is also referred to as the “anti-stress vitamin,” as it helps the body withstand the stress we are all subjected to at different times of our lives.

So, how does thiamine (vitamin B1), the “morale vitamin,” work and how does one little vitamin help protect against the stresses of modern life?

Vitamin B1 is one of 8 water-soluble vitamins in the B complex family, all of which complement each other, while also carrying out their singular specialties.

B1’s specialties include its key role in converting carbohydrates to glucose, which is used for energy to carry out numerous bodily functions. It also assists in the breakdown of both carbs AND proteins and helps in the secretion of hydrochloric acid, which is essential for complete digestion of food particles.

Thiamine is an important support nutrient in maintaining cardiovascular health and plays a big role in red blood cell production.

It helps maintain muscle tone along the walls of the digestive tract and promotes not only health of the nervous system, but the health of skin, hair, eyes, mouth and liver.

B1’s powerful antioxidant punch helps protect the body from premature aging by battling free radicals that cause wrinkles and dry skin and hair.

Alzheimer’s disease affects many people these days, and tests have indicated that 100 mgs of vitamin B1 daily may slow down the progression of Alzheimers and greatly help concentration ability.

More study is needed, as scientists do not yet know the precise causes of Alzheimer’s disease, though they are mostly agreed that factors in the modern environment are responsible for damage to the brain.

Signs of thiamine deficiency include lethargy, irritability, loss of memory, loss of sleep, indigestion, constipation and calf muscle tenderness.

Serious thiamine deficiency may be symptoms of ‘dry Beriberi,’ which could result in nerve and muscle abnormalities, prickling sensations in the toes, burning sensations in the feet, leg cramps and muscle atrophy.

‘Wet Beriberi’ will manifest in fast heart beat, fluid retention in the legs and hypotension.

‘Infantile Beriberi’ is when newborn children of women with thiamine deficiency inherit the problem from mother’s milk, and may suffer heart failure and loss of reflexes. Pregnant women should make sure they are not thiamine-deficient.

The best food sources of  vitamin B1 are yeast and liver, but other good sources include pork, oats, rye, wheat germ, beans, asparagus, potatoes, mushrooms, Romaine lettuce, spinach, tuna, green peas, sunflower seeds, tomatoes, Brussels sprouts and eggplant.

You will NOT obtain all the essential vitamins and minerals your body requires, including thiamine, from the Standard American Diet…or even what you think is a healthy diet.

That is why so many people seek whole food dietary supplements to compensate for the nutrient deficiencies in the modern industrialized farm and food system.

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