Vitamin_B1 / Thiamine C 12 H 17 N 4O S +

Vitamin B1 plays a critical role in the human body in enhancing a healthy nervous system and in improving the overall performance of the cardiovascular system. It is also used in the breaking down of the proteins and fats.

Thiamine is the same as vitamin B1, and it is found in many foods such as cereals, beans, meat and nuts among others. Vitamin B1 is part of the Vitamin B complexes which includes Thiamine (Vitamin B1), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Niacin / Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Pantothenic acid ( Vitamin B5), pyridoxine (Vitamin B6), Cyanobalamin (Vitamin B12) and folic acid.

Benefits of vitamin B1

  • Promotes production of energy in the human body
  • Protects the nerves
  • Helps in preventing the heart diseases
  • Helps in preventing carats
  • Have properties of anti-aging
  • Promotes digestion of foods
  • Helps in the management of the Alzheimer’s disease
  • Improves the general memory of the human beings
  • Stimulates production of the RBC
  • Help in managing alcoholism
  • Adds appetite
  • Improves on the general mental alertness

People take vitamin B1 for conditions of factors related to deficiency in vitamin B1 or thiamine deficiency such as neuritis which is associated with the inflammation of the nerves, this is common with pregnancy or pellagra and beriberi. Vitamin B1 is also used in managing digestive problems linked to diarrhea, poor appetite and ulcerative colitis.

Vitamin B1 is also used in treating AIDS and in boosting the overall immune system. It is also used in managing diabetic pains, heart diseases, withdrawal from alcoholism, coma, aging, cerebellar syndrome, canker sores, glaucoma and cataracts, motion sicknesses and in enhancing performance in athletes.

Vitamin B1 is also used in preventing cervical cancer and diseases associated with kidney in type 2 diabetes.

Vitamin B1 is also used in enhancing a positive mental attitude, increasing energy, improving learning abilities, fighting stress, managing loss of memory and in managing Alzheimer’s disease.

Vitamin B1 is also administered in managing Wernicke’s encephalopathy syndrome, which is a memory disorder.

Lack of vitamin B1 in the human body is not common, although it can be caused by a number of factors such as pregnancy, hyperthyroidism, lactation, fever, prolonged diarrhea and severe liver disease that impairs the rate at which the body absorbs vitamin B1.


Vitamin B1 is soluble in water, and easily absorbed in the human body.

Compatibility with other elements in the tablet / Interaction Vitamin Reacts with minimal medications, however, it is always important seeking attention from the health care providers in case you are taking other medications such as Digoxin, Diuretics and Phenytoin / Dilantin among others.


RDA (Recommended Dietary Allowance)

mg per day
Infants 0-6 months
Infants 8-12 months
Children 1-3 years
Children 4-8 years
Boys 9-13 years
Men 14+ years
Girls 9-13 years
Women 14-18 years
Women 18+
Pregnant women
Breastfeeding women

Best Served Methods

Vitamin B1 supplement is best taken through mouth; it is easily absorbed through small intestines, where the phosphorylation of thiamine takes place. Vitamin is mainly stored at the skeletal muscles, heart, brain, kidneys and the liver; the body can keep up to 30 mg of Thiamine. Excess Thiamine is excreted by the kidney.

Side Effects of Vitamin B1

  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Allergic reactions
  • Hives
  • Swelling of the face, tongue, lips and throat
  • Lips turn bluish
  • Pains in the chest
  • Stools turning bloody, black or tarry
  • Coughing blood
  • Throwing coffee like vomits
  • Nausea
  • Tight throat
  • Sweating and feeling excessive warm
  • Itching and mild rash
  • Feeling restless
  • A hard lump or tenderness where the vitamin B1 was given