Vitamin B1 (Thiamine HCI) is that the body uses to help process carbohydrates as energy, aid glucose metabolism, and helps to ensure the nerves, muscles and heart are functioning correctly. We do not produce Vitamin B1 naturally and as it is water soluble, it cannot be stored in the body. As such, it is important to eat foods or take dietary supplements that contain this essential vitamin, as low thiamine levels can lead to health conditions such as seizures, confusion, heart problems, muscle weakness and memory loss. Severe cases may result in comas.
Thiamine is found in foods such as yoghurts, beans, lentils, green peas, enriched breads, noodles, rice and cereals, pork and fish. Taking vitamin B1 supplements also help to keep thiamine at optimum levels.