B-1, also known as thiamin, plays an important role in your health and well being.

Nerve and cell metabolism can be impaired if there is a deficiency in this vitamin. There are eight widely used B-Vitamins, when combined they form what is known as B-Complex. B-complex feeds the metabolic functions of the body, B-1 is one of these vitamins.

Some notable signs of a B-1 deficiency are; loss of appetite, fatigue, the sensation of stress, irritability, difficulty sleeping, and trouble with concentration. This deficiency tends to bring negative mental activity, including feeling depressed and having bad dreams.

B-1 is a water-soluble vitamin. The human body does not store water-soluble vitamins, so when one takes this as a supplement any excess amount will be eliminated out of the body through urination.

Thiamine is found in a wide variety of foods at low concentrations. Yeast, yeast extract, and pork are the most highly concentrated sources of thiamine. In general, cereal grains are the most important dietary sources of thiamine. Whole grains contain more thiamine than refined grains, as thiamine is found mostly in the outer layers of the grain and in the germ (which are removed during the refining process).

You can safely supplement vitamin B-1 with your daily vitamin routine. It is possible that B-1 can create a mineral deficiency especially with calcium. I recommend adding calcium and magnesium or a special formula called Cal-Mag to prevent such deficiencies. It not only corrects this imbalance, it calms the nerves and restores a sense of well being to the individual.