Benefits of Vitamin B1 – Thiamine, the Carbo Burner!

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Vitamin B1's main function is energy metabolism. The calories that we consume in a day are metabolized in our body to produce energy.

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Main Function of Vitamin B1
Vitamin B1's main function is energy metabolism. The calories that we consume in a day are metabolized in our body to produce energy. This metabolism rate is different in different people.

In some cases, this metabolism rate is so high that a person who has a very rich and fatty diet doesn't get any fat at all. On the other hand, some people who don't eat much are still obese. So, vitamin B1 is recommended to improve body's metabolism and its deficiency may cause obesity.


RDA of Vitamin B1
Recommended daily allowance of vitamin B1 is 1.2 mg in males and 1.1 mg in females. Smoking, alcohol, contraceptive pill and a diet high in sugar will increase requirements of B1.


Deficiency of Vitamin B1
Deficiency of this vitamin can cause a disease named 'beriberi'.


Degradation of Vitamin B1
Vitamin B1 is easily lost by heat and cooking water.


Food Sources of Vitamin B1
The main food sources of B1 are whole grains, green peas, fresh fruits and vegetables, milk.

Sunflower seeds, dried (1/4 cup – 36 gm) – 0.82 mg of Thiamine
Whole wheat bread (2 slices – 92 gm) – 0.3 mg of Thiamine


Note: A folic acid deficiency and eating large quantity of raw fish can discourage Thiamine metabolism.
 

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