Thiamin is a water-soluble B vitamin that helps your cells produce energy from carbohydrates. It is essential for the functioning of the heart, muscles and nervous system playing a role in conducting nerve impulses and in muscle contraction. Your body needs anywhere from 1mg – 1.4mg depending on your age, gender and if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
We store thiamin primarily in the liver, but in very small amounts. The vitamin has a short half-life, so we require a continuous supply of it from our diet. Thiamin can be found in several food sources naturally, such as Black Beans, Acorn squash, sunflower seeds and corn. Also in meats such as pork, Beef steak, trout, tuna and mussels.
Breads, rice, pastas and cereals are usually ‘enriched’ with Thiamin, however, for our main sources we should always turn to naturally occurring.
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