Thiamine is most commonly found in its thiamine pyrophosphate form which helps in the catabolizing of sugars and amino acids in your body, but this vitamin does not naturally occur in the human body. It does, however, form in foods humans eat like vegetables and fungi as well as some forms of bacteria.
So why is vitamin B1 so important? Your body’s nervous system is especially dependent on steady levels of thiamine. Thusly, nervous system-related diseases have been known to be linked to thiamine deficiencies. Alzheimer’s disease and optic neuropathy are a few examples of cases where thiamine deficiency can be part of the cause. Adversely, patients with such ailments have shown improvements in their overall health after thiamine treatments were administered. All of this leads to finding out how to make thiamine part of your diet for preventative reasons.
Thiamine can be found in whole grains like wheat flour, oatmeal, and brown rice. Vegetables and leafy greens like kale, cauliflower, and asparagus are also great sources of B1. For your protein foods, look to liver and eggs. You can also find thiamine produced via microbes like the following:
- Fungi like your various, common, edible mushrooms.
- Protista like algae which can be consumed in the form of seaweed.
- Yeast bacteria like Saccharomyces cerevisiae, which is regularly used in baking and is a component of the powerful, all-natural PRO-EM 1 probiotic supplement.