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Vitamin B1


The B vitamins are a group of 8 all water-soluble vitamins, all crucial for cell metabolism, converting food into energy, the normal functioning of the central nervous system and the formation of red blood cells.

Thiamine (B1) is a water-soluble vitamin required to form adenosine triphosphate which all cells in the body need.

What might a low result mean?

It is fairly rare to be deficient in thiamine, however more common in people with alcoholism, Crohn disease, anorexia or those undergoing dialysis. Symptoms include headaches, nausea, fatigue, depression and abdominal discomfort. It can also make digesting carbohydrates difficult leading to a host of other health problems.

What might a high result mean?

As vitamin B is water-soluble, toxicity rarely occurs and high levels in the blood will often be due to over-supplementing. However high levels of certain B vitamins may affect the liver or nervous system.

How might I improve my result?

Low vitamin B1 levels can be improved by incorporating more foods rich in vitamin B1 into your diet. Vitamin B1 is found in whole-grains, legumes, nuts, beef, pork, poultry and offal,