Vitamin B1 is a water-soluble vitamin and is required to convert food, particularly carbohydrates, into energy and keep our body and mind in good working order.

Roles in the Body:

  • Transmission of electrical signals in the nerves and muscles
  • Helps form red blood cells
  • Assists in digestion
  • Plays an important role in our mood and alertness
  • Keeps our brain functioning well

Signs of Deficiency:

  • Weakness
  • Poor concentration
  • Muscle pains
  • Nausea and stomach pain
  • Water retention
  • High alcohol intake increases requirements
  • Extreme deficiency of B1 is known as Beriberi

Best Food Sources:

Beef, pork, chicken, fish, liver, eggs, whole grains, brown rice, peas, nuts, lentils and fortified foods (such as vegemite) however, not all fortified foods are created equal. Where possible, choose whole food sources of essential nutrients!