What is Thiamin?
Thiamin is a B vitamin that prevents beriberi; maintains appetite and growth. Thiamin is a water soluble B vitamin, also known as vitamin B1. It helps produce energy from carbohydrate on a cellular level, and is very important for nerve conduction and muscle function.
Side Effects :
A lack or deficiency of thiamin can cause weakness, fatigue, psychosis, and nerve damage.
Thiamin deficiency in the United States is most often seen in people who abuse alcohol (alcoholism). A lot of alcohol makes it hard for the body to absorb thiamin from foods. Unless those with alcoholism receive higher-than-normal amounts of thiamin to make up for the difference, the body will not get enough of the substance. This can lead to a disease called beriberi.
There is no known poisoning linked to thiamin.
Food Sources :
Thiamin is found in:
- Dried milk
- Enriched bread and flour
- Lean meats
- Nuts and seeds
- Organ meats
- Whole grains
Dairy products, fruits, and vegetables are not very high in thiamin, but when eaten in large amounts, they become a significant source.
Too much Thiamin :
To avoid a overdose, make sure you speak with your doctor, especially if you're pregnant before you take any sort of thiamine supplement. This includes those "stress pills" that individuals take.