HOW DO YOU RECOGNIZE VITAMIN B1 DEFICIENCY
Vitamin B1 (also known as Thiamine), is a very important vitamin to the human body. B1 helps provide our cells with energy and protects our nerves by producing myelin. It’s absorbed in the small intestine. The body can store up to 20 days of vitamin B1 (13
Since our body is unable to create this vitamin itself, we need to get vitamin B1 from our foods. This includes pork, seeds, nuts, beens, grean peas, tofu, brown rice, asparagus, fish, seafood and plankton.
While a deficiency in vitamin B1 does not occur very often, there are certain groups of people that have a higher risk of creating a B1 deficiency. Those people may benefit from using vitamin B1 supplements next to their daily meals. It is, however, important to note that if you suspect you have a thiamine deficiency, you should always consult a doctor before taking any supplements.
People with a higher risk of obtaining an vitamin B1 deficiency are:
- People with diabetes,
- People with HIV or AIDS,
- People on dialysis,
- People who have had a weight loss surgery.
A vitamin B1 deficiency can be recognized by the following symptoms. If you experience one of the symptoms, it may be wise to consult a physician.