Due to lack of vitamin B1 the body will become a dry skeleton, eat 5 indigenous things as advised by ICMR to increase strength.

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale - Senior Editor
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Just as protein, calcium and iron are needed to keep the body strong and for better functioning, vitamin B1 is also essential. Lack of essential vitamins in the body can weaken your muscles, brain and bones.

Vitamin B1 is essential for many essential functions of the body's cells and for energy. Its deficiency can cause many problems in the brain and heart. Not only this, due to its deficiency, you may also experience symptoms like difficulty in breathing, loss of appetite, swelling in the legs.

How to overcome vitamin B1 deficiency? Meat and fish are good sources but if you are a vegetarian, then ICMR Some vegetarian foods are reported to contain up to 400 mg of vitamin B1.

What is Vitamin B1?

Vitamin B1 is also known as thiamine. It is a water-soluble vitamin. It is found naturally in some foods. It plays an important role in the growth and functioning of various cells of the body. It is important to take it through food to avoid its deficiency.

How much vitamin B1 does the body need?

Men over the age of 19 need 1.2 mg of thiamine per day and women of the same age group need 1.1 mg of thiamine per day. During pregnancy and breastfeeding this amount increases to 1.4 mg.

Disadvantages of Vitamin B1 deficiency

Disadvantages of Vitamin B1 deficiency

If you eat less foods containing Vitamin B1, its absorption in the body reduces. Its excessive deficiency can cause a disease called 'Beriberi'. Due to this, the muscles become weak and the problem of numbness in hands and legs may occur. Its deficiency can also cause Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome in alcohol drinkers. Thiamine deficiency may also occur in patients suffering from certain diseases such as celiac disease, bariatric surgery or HIV/AIDS.

Symptoms of Vitamin B1 Deficiency

Symptoms of Vitamin B1 Deficiency
  • weight loss
  • confusion, memory loss
  • muscle weakness
  • Numbness problem in hands and feet
  • Weak immune system

What contains the most vitamin b1?

What contains the most Vitamin B1?

ICMR has issued guidelines regarding nutrients. According to its report, the highest amount of vitamin B1 is found in pulses. About 400 mg of vitamin B1 is found in 100 grams of pulses.

Other foods rich in Vitamin B1

Other foods rich in Vitamin B1

According to ICMR, after pulses, the highest amount of Vitamin B1 is found in 100 grams of nuts at 390 mg, millet at 355 mg, cereals at 238 mg, dry spices at 216 mg etc.

Disclaimer: This article is for general information only. It cannot in any way be a substitute for any medicine or treatment. Always consult your doctor for more details.

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