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Vitamin B1 (thiamin)
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What is vitamin B1 (thiamin)?

Vitamin B1 (thiamin) is a water-soluble vitamin which is required to enable various enzyme reactions in the body. Vitamin B1 (thiamin) is a component of specific coenzymes.

Being a water-soluble vitamin means that any excess vitamin B1 (thiamin) that is consumed is normally excreted through the urine.

Thiamin occurs in the human body as free thiamin and as various phosphorylated forms - thiamin monophosphate (TMP), thiamin diphosphate (TDP), thiamin triphosphate (TTP) (which is also known as thiamin pyrophosphate - TPP).

Certain groups of people can become deficient in vitamin B1 (thiamin) when supplementation may be advised.


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Important vitamin B1 (thiamin) facts

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Why vitamin B1 (thiamin) is important

Vitamin B1 is required for the various processes in the body:

Thiamine deficiency can lead to many health problems including degeneration of the neurons, wasting and death.


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Last reviewed: 30 September 2007 || Last updated: 14 March 2010


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NOTE: Mega doses of any type of vitamin, mineral, amino acid or herbal supplement cannot cure illnesses and in fact can be very dangerous and produce toxic side effects and interfere with medicine you are taking. Always ensure you consult your doctor before taking any type of complementary supplements.
Disclaimer: This guide is not intended to be used for diagnostic or prescriptive purposes. For any treatment or diagnosis of illness, please see your doctor.


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