Employee Wellness Programs Glossary Term:
"Vitamin B 1"

Vitamin B1 helps the body to convert blood sugar into energy. It is also known as Thiamine in medical terminology. Vitamin B1 acts as a coenzyme in body metabolism. In simple words, Vitamin B1 helps body to burn carbohydrates and thus assists in moderate metabolism.

Vitamin B1 is a water-soluble vitamin and the unused parts of the vitamin are flushed out from the body through urine. Your body does not have the ability to produce Vitamin B1 on its own nor does it have capability to store it. Hence, you are required to intake adequate amount of Vitamin B1 through your diet for normal functioning of body. The daily requirement of Vitamin B1 for men and women is different Men need 1.5 milligrams of Vitamin B1 every day, whereas, Women require 1.1 milligrams of Vitamin B1 every day.

Vitamin B1 sources: The foods listed below have a good percentage of Vitamin B1 content:

  • Whole-grain cereals
  • Rye and whole-wheat flour
  • Navy beans and kidney beans
  • Wheat germ
  • Duck Marmite, Pork
  • Nuts, Legumes
  • Yeast
  • Fortified breakfast cereals, Oatmeal
  • Cod's roe and other meats
  • Vitamin B1 is essential for muscular and cardiovascular function and nervous system. Besides, it also keeps the mucous membranes healthy. Vitamin B1 is essential for body because it helps body convert carbohydrates into energy. A person consuming diet rich in carbohydrates needs more Vitamin B1. Besides, Vitamin B1 also helps the body to process fat and protein (convert them into energy)The main form of Vitamin B1 which is circulated in your body and also found in red blood cells is thiamine diphosphate.

    Functions of Vitamin B1:

  • Thiamine optimizes brain functions and cognitive activity
  • It enhances blood circulation
  • Vitamin B1 has a positive effect on growth, energy, learning capacity and normal appetite.
  • Vitamin B1 is an important antioxidant, which protects the body from damage caused by free radicals. Besides, it also protects your body from generative effects such as smoking, alcohol consumption and aging.
  • It improves glucose tolerance particularly in diabetes and retards blockages in arteries.
  • Vitamin B1 is available in form of nutritional supplements such as thiamine nitrate and thiamine hydrochloride. Vitamin B plays an important part of converting glucose into energy. It is necessary for healthy functioning of all body cell and nerves in your body. Your daily requirement of thiamine depends on the number of calories you consume each day.

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