Vitamin B1 (thiamine) is an important vitamin that can be found in meat, green leaves and vegetables. The body uses it to help breakdown fat and protein and keep mucous membranes healthy.
Vitamin B1 acts as a coenzyme to oxidize sugar, which helps the body produce energy for smooth functioning of the heart, brain, lungs and kidneys. Vitamin B1 also promotes a health cardiovascular system by producing acetylcholine, which is a neurotransmitter that relays messages to the muscles and nerves. Vitamin B1 deficiency can weaken this communication and thereby lead to an irregular heartbeat. Severe deficiency can even lead to congestive heart failure.
Along with Omega-3 essential fatty acids, vitamin B1 helps support healthy eyes and helps protect against the formation of cataracts. It also helps ensures smooth functioning of the brain and supports healthy memory function and concentration.