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Thiamine's Role in Your Health: 8 Ways It Helps

By    |   Monday, 20 October 2014 05:51 PM

Thiamine, or Vitamin B1, is one of eight B vitamins. B vitamins are essential to help the body convert food into glucose, which is used to produce energy.

When it comes to maintaining optimal health, here are 8 ways thiamine helps:

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1. Energy production. Thiamine’s main job is to convert sugar into energy. It helps oxidize sugar to produce energy to ensure proper functioning of the heart, brain, lungs and kidneys. Vitamin B1 plays an important role in the production of red blood cells, which in turn keeps people healthy, active, and energized.

2. Boosted immunity. Thiamine is considered the anti-stress vitamin because it can help strengthen the immune system and improve the body’s ability to withstand stressful conditions. According to WebMD, thiamine supplements have been used as part of a broader strategy in treating some AIDS patients and those suffering from alcoholism.

3. Cardiovascular health. Thiamine produces the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which relays messages to the muscles and nerves. A thiamine deficiency can lead to an irregular heartbeat and severe deficiency can cause congestive heart failure.

4. Brain function. Thiamine helps improve memory and concentration and works to help keep the brain functioning smoothly. According to organicfacts.net, the vitamin has successfully been used to slow the progression of multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s Disease as well as in the treatment of cerebellar syndrome.

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5. Eye health. The essential fatty acids Omega-1 and Omega-6 work in conjunction with thiamine to keep eyes healthy and prevent the formation of cataracts. Thiamine supplements have been used in the treatment of both cataracts and glaucoma, according to WebMD.

6. Nerve protection. An adequate amount of thiamine helps strengthen the myelin sheaths covering nerves and ensures proper nerve functioning. A thiamine deficiency can lead to degeneration and weakening of myelin sheaths, which can cause nerve death and damage, which contributes to nervous disorders like MS and Bell’s Palsy.

7. Anti-aging. Thiamine works as a powerful antioxidant with anti-aging properties, working to protect the body from wrinkles, age spots, and other age-related conditions that can affect organ systems.

8. Proper digestion. By helping the body secrete hydrochloric acid, thiamine aids in the breakdown of food particles and digestion. WebMD reports that thiamine has been used to treat ulcerative colitis and persistent diarrhea.

This article is for information only and is not intended as medical advice. Talk with your doctor about your specific health and medical needs.

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