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Why Thiamine (vitamin B1) is Important


Let me tell you a bit about thiamine (vitamin B1) and why it is so important in your daily nutrition.

Vitamin B1 is also known as thiamine. It is a water-soluble vitamin.

The main function of Vitamin B1 is in helping in the assimilation, digestion, and excretion of carbohydrates, allowing you to reap the benefits without suffering too much from its downside.

That is it’s main function. In other words If you are not ingesting foods with thiamine on a daily basis your body is not processing the carbs, fats, sugars (glucose, fructose, galactose, sucrose, lactose, and maltose)  and protein that you are eating.

Thiamine (vitamin B1) helps the body cells convert carbohydrates into energy. It is also essential for the functioning of the heart, muscles, and nervous system.

You might think that your eating healthy by eating what you think are the right foods but certain foods are assimilated by other foods so you might just be accumulating (carbs, fats, sugars and proteins) if you are not ,also, eating that certain food the breaks all of those other foods into your digestion.

Vitamin B1 is used in the manufacture of hydrochloric acid. It also assists in memory and learning, helps fight depression, and is required for children’s normal growth.

Vitamin B1 is an Anti-stress vitamin and boosts the activity of the immune system and improves the body’s ability to cope tense conditions and fight against foreign pathogens entering your body .

Vitamin B1 also helps with the growth and toning of muscle.

Vitamin B1 can also help with the symptoms of the following health conditions: Alzheimer’s disease, Anemia, Diabetes, Fibromyalgia, Hepatitis, HIV Support, indigestion, Multiple Sclerosis, and Motion Sickness.

Now, you might think that going down to the drugstore and buying a bottle of thiamine and taking some every day will help but my advise has always been ” why take a synthetic (laboratory made) when you can take thiamine in it’s natural state like foods”. So, let’s see what foods are high in thiamine.


The healthiest food sources of vitamin B1 are whole grains and cereals.  Because the majority of thiamine is located in the outer layers of grains, much of it is lost during the refining process to make flour and sugar.  Many cereals that are made from processed grains have the lost vitamin B1 restored via fortification.  For this reason, processed cereals are usually as good of a source of vitamin B1 as their whole grain counterparts.  It is important to note, though, that other nutrients or health benefits of whole grains are lost and not replaced, so it is generally healthier to eat whole grain cereals.

Certain grains are foods high in thiamine.  A cup of brown rice contains between 15 and 20 percent of the recommended daily intake.  Whole wheat bread can provide a tenth of a milligram of thiamine per slice.  Various nuts including pecans, peanuts, and Brazil nuts are rich in vitamin B1 as well. Cereals  from whole grain ( In other words with the husk or hull not removed (thats where the thiamine lies)like brown rice).

Meat and fish:

Several meats and fish are good foods high in thiamine.  Pork is one of the best sources of thiamine in the diet; a three ounce serving of pork contains more than half of the recommended daily intake.  Meat livers contain high levels of all B vitamins.  Among fish, pompano and tuna are the best sources of thiamine with each three ounce serving containing about 0.3 milligrams of the vitamin.

If you are a vegan like me you’ll just have to get your thiamine from other sources.

Vegetables and fruits:

A few vegetables and fruits serve as foods high in thiamine.  A single serving of peas contains about 0.2 milligrams of vitamin B1.  Lentils, black beans, soy beans, navy beans, pinto beans, and lima beans are good sources of thiamine.  Leafy dark greens are great in thiamine. Certain melons including cantaloupe contain about a tenth of the daily intake of vitamin B1 per serving.

Potatoes, beans and brown rice all contain large amounts of Thiamine.  The problem with these foods as a source of vitamin B1 is that boiling them causes much of the nutritional value to be lost to the water.  If the water is discarded and not part of the finished meal, the nutrients are never consumed.  Vegetables contain a lesser amount of vitamin B1, and similar to potatoes, beans and rice, most of the nutritional value is lost if the food is cooked.

Eggs and dairy products:

Eggs and dairy products contain moderate levels of thiamine.  A glass of milk contains about 0.1 milligrams of the nutrient.  Milk products like cheese are not significant sources of thiamine.  A single egg contains less than 0.1 milligrams of vitamin B1.

While some of the vitamin B1 is lost during cooking, these foods, even when fully prepared, still contain good amounts of vitamin B1.

I am a vegan, raw food eater for that precise reason. When you cook any nutrient at a temperature higher than 116 F not only do most nutrients die but the enzymes in all foods cooked that high die, your digestion made harder and assimilation of the nutrients entering your blood system less and accumilated somewhere in your body as kidney stones, fat globules or a number of other ailments. For that reason it is so important that you eat thiamine foods every day.

I hope this helped !





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