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Vitamin B1 Deficiency

Vitamin B1 (thiamine) helps to change glucose into energy or fat. From this function flows its importance in the distribution of oxygen in the body, in the proper functioning of the digestive system, in maintaining proper functioning of the nervous system, and in maintaining a balanced personality and a soundly functioning heart.

When Vitamin B1 is undersupplied the production energy is slowed down. When the body is deficient in thiamine the production of energy is adversely affected, coming as it does from only partially burned sugar and fat. The result is fatigue. This inefficient production of energy is a direct cause of poor digestion and poor elimination. The muscles of the stomach and intestinal walls, for example, lack the energy to contract properly and thus food cannot be properly mixed with digestive juices and waste material remains in the large bowel too long. The result is gas pains, flatulence, and constipation. It can also lead to personality change, mental depression, forgetfulness, and effects the heart, thought to cause both increased pulse rate and enlarged heart.