3 Reasons To Take Vitamin B1
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B vitamins help support adrenal function, help calm and maintain a healthy nervous system, and are necessary for key metabolic processes. Thiamine (also known as B1) acts as a cofactor for the metabolism of carbohydrates, helping turn starch and sugar into the energy our bodies need, and plays an important role in nerve transmission or communication.
A deficiency in thiamin may contribute to symptoms of depression and can affect memory. You can obtain thiamine through food sources like beans, beef, truly whole grains, steelcut oatmeal, oranges, and wheat germ. When taking a B-vitamin supplement, Dr. Weil recommends a B-complex supplement that contains a full spectrum of B vitamins, including thiamine, B12, riboflavin and niacin.