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What is it?
Vitamin B1 is also known as thiamin. It is a member of the B-vitamin family.
What are it's benefits for me?
Vitamin B1 plays an important role in making sure that your cells have enough energy, that your nerve and muscle activity is coordinated and also that your heart function is supported properly.
Vitamin B1 helps the body to convert sugar into usable energy. This could not happen without proper supplies of vitamin B1, as it is part of an enzyme system that enables oxygen-based processing of sugar.
Vitamin B1 helps to support the nervous system and ensures that nerve and muscle activity is coordinated. Vitamin B1 allows the healthy growth of the fat-like coverings that surround most nerves. Without theses coverings, people would suffer from pain, prickly sensations or nerve deadening.
Vitamin B1 has another role in regards to the nervous system. It is involved in the creation of a messaging molecule (or neurotransmitter) called ‘acetylcholine’. This molecule is used to relay messages between the nerves and muscles throughout the nervous system. It is also used to ensure proper muscle tone in heart, and thus helps to support heart function.
Where can it be found?
List of 10 vegetables containing Vitamin B1:

Asparagus, Green Peas, Spinach, Beans (lima, pinto, kidney), Carrots, Green Beans, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Garlic.

Also found in:

Lentils, Sunflower Seeds, Sesame Seeds.

List of 5 fruits containing Vitamin B1:

Pineapple, Oranges, Grapes, Cantaloupe, Grapefruit

Also found in:

Tuna

Does cooking or storage effect it?
Vitamin B1: this vitamin can be damaged when exposed to heat, acidity and other chemicals. Longterm storage of food containing vitamin B1 results in a loss in the vitamin B1 content.
If in doubt, remember that fresh is always best.
Is it toxic?*
Vitamin B1 does not appear to carry a risk of toxicity. Even when ingested at the high levels of 500mg per day, it does not have any toxic effects. In its most recent 1998 recommendations for intake of B-complex vitamins, the Institute of Medicine at the National Academy of Sciences did not establish a Tolerable Upper Limit (UL) for intake of vitamin B1.
Next, we will be taking a look at vitamin B12 and how it works to help your body.

*Reference: http://www.whfoods.org/genpage.php?tname=nutrient&dbid=100

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