Okay . . . so in this time of concern for our health . . . let's take the next few days and explore just how important "B" vitamins are for the body.
We always here about the "B complex's" . . . but what about the "B's" that we don't hear about. So let's start at the beginning.
As we know . . . vitamin B1 is also called "thiamine or thiamin and is one of 8 vitamins that helps our body convert food (carbohydrates) into fuel (glucose) which the body uses to produce energy. And if you're lacking this important vitamin . . . metabolizing fats and proteins will be difficult for the body and therefore . . . weight loss will be difficult.
"B" vitamins are important for weight loss . . . and the next series we're doing is just that. So listen up . . .
Vitamin B1 helps prevent complications in the nervous system, brain, muscles, heart, stomach and intestines. It's involved in the flow of electrolytes in and out of muscles and nerve cells. And can help prevent vision deterioration and blindness and boost eye health.
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) is important for people with metabolic disorders such as pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes because this vitamin can help manage their symptoms and slow the progression of these diseases.
It can help to regulate metabolism and help the body to digest food more easily, and with this . . . avoiding blood sugar spikes and crashes, reducing cravings.
Vitamin B1 can help produce a chemical called acetylcholine which relays messages between the brain and the cardiovascular system.
It also plays a critical role in preventing or slowing of the onset of cataracts and glaucoma. It does this by influencing muscle and nerve signaling, which is crucial for conveying information between the eyes and the brain.
Vitamin B1 contains important antioxidants that helps cells renew and protects them from damage by" free radical". This in turn . . . will help to stop visible signs of aging like dull and dry skin, wrinkles and age spots. And helps to prevent cancerous growths from forming.
Its antioxidant power can also slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease and dementia. And can improve short-term memory.
And finally . . . it plays an important role in the production of red blood cells. It stimulates proper function of the liver and kidneys, which supplies the hormones necessary for bone marrow to create red blood cells.
And guess what???
Our red blood cells play a crucial role in regulating the circulation of "cytokine" levels.
And if you've been keeping up with my Health Tips . . . then you know how important "cytokine" are to optimal health and keeping this virus at bay.
So how do we know if we're Thiamine deficient???
Well . . . some of the symptoms would be . . .
Loss of appetite, fatigue, irritability, reduced reflexes, tingling sensation in arms and legs, muscle weakness, blurry vision and nausea and/or vomiting.
So how do we make sure we have an ample supply of vitamin B1???
Well . . . we would find this important vitamin in beef, liver, whole grains (not wheat), beans, nuts and rice. Also in cauliflower, oranges, eggs, potatoes, asparagus and kale.
Tomorrow we continue this conversation and explore B2
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