Vitamin B1 – Thiamine

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Thiamine is one of the most commonly deficient vitamins in the world today, especially among the rice eating peoples who use white rice (which is quicker to cook) instead of the more nutritious unrefined brown rice. By removing the outer bran during refining, 70% of the Thiamine in rice is lost. Wheat also loses 60% of Thiamine when refined into white flour.

Role In Our Body

  • Promotes the calmness of our brain and nerves and a sense of well-being.
  • Assists in the regulation and manufacture of fats and acids.
  • Helps transport blood sugar and oxygen.
  • Helps maintain health of our heart and digestive system.
  • Helps regulate the growth of children.

Too Little

  • Insomnia, nervousness, depression, panic attacks.
  • Rapid or irregular heart beat (palpitations).
  • Mental Disorders, poor memory, confusion, apathy.
  • Loss of appetite, weight loss, low energy, constipation.
  • Slow growth and learning in children and/or attention disorders.
  • Prickly, swollen painful muscles in lower legs. Eventual loss of feeling in legs.
  • Increased risk of cot death among infants.

Too Much

  • No known toxic effects in adults, but excess has been found in the blood of cot death infants.

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