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Vitamin B 1 Medicinal Uses

Thiamine is one of the vitamins of B group, which is also called vitamin B-1. As all B vitamins it is water-soluble and the one that is responsible for providing energy to the whole body.

1.      Conditions improved by a supplement

Vitamin B-1 is one of the most important vitamins that participate in more than 20 different metabolic processes, including converting glucose and carbohydrates into energy supplies of human body. Normal functioning of the nervous system (and brain), as well as muscular function, is also the part that thiamine is responsible for. Another beneficial part of B-1 vitamin is healthy heart.

Thiamine deficiency leads to different nerve problems, including weight loss, general weakness, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, irregular (often rapid) heartbeat, mood swings, confusion and pain in the limbs. Depression, memory loss and poor coordination are also the early symptoms of the condition.

Prolong deficiency may cause edema (condition when the tissues get swollen), the state of impaired sensory perception and beriberi (the condition that is characterized by all the above mentioned symptoms, and has several stages). Chronic thiamine deficiency causes some other severe conditions, which happen extremely rare. Excessive alcohol drinking can be one of the reasons of thiamine deficiency in the body.

Thiamine supplements are used to improve your cardiovascular and muscular functions, to help your body in gaining energy from food you eat and to prevent different conditions that are caused by thiamine deficiency (and treat them).

2.      Recommended daily dose

As thiamine is a vitamin that dissolve in water, as soon as it gets into your body with food or supplement it travels through your bloodstream and is used by your body for its different purposes. After the body gets all it needs for the day, the rest of thiamine goes out with urine. The next day you need to provide your body with the same ‘portion’ of the needed vitamin, either in food or in supplement.

Daily dose of thiamine depends on how much calories you have from your food. The higher is the content of carbohydrates in your daily meal, the more thiamine you need. For every 1 000 calories you need 0.5 milligrams of vitamin B-1. So, it turns in 1.1 mg daily for women and 1.5 mg daily for men. You need less of thiamine for people over 50 years old; and 0.5 mg more for pregnant and breastfeeding women. As for the children, the average daily dose of thiamine would be 0.3 for infants up to 6 months, from 6 months to 1 year - 0.4 mg; to 3 years –0.7 mg; to 6 years –0.9 mg; and from 6 to 10 years – 1 mg.

For people with such conditions as hyperthyroidism, different hypermetabolic states or for those who live under constant stress or have heavy physical activity, more of vitamin B-1 is needed. Your physician will help you to find the best suitable dose.

3.      Precautions and interactions

When you are trying to get all thiamine you need with your food you need to pay attention on how the products (containing vitamin B-1) are stored and cooked. Store it in light-resistant containers; try to use the water, where the products where cooked (as it is much thiamine that dissolve there) and note, that the higher the temperature of cooking – the less of thiamine is left in the products.

The only caution with vitamin B-1 supplement is to avoid taking it when you are allergic to thiamine. There are no known drug interactions or problems with exceeding the dose, as the excess of it goes out with your urine. Of course, it is better to follow the dosage instructions any way, and not to take more or less of the vitamin.

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