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VITAMIN B1 January 13, 2006 8:09 AM

Involved in all key metabolic processes in the nervous system and the Krebs cycle, heart, blood cells and muscles. It is helpful in the treatment of nervous disorders. Optimim intake will help in coping with stress. Alcohol depletes the body of this vitamin. This vitamin is lost into the water during cooking.

SOURCES
Brown Rice
Mushrooms
Peas
Beans
Lettuce
Peppers
Lamb
Whole grains
Brewers Yeast
Meat
Wheat  Germ
Weetabix
Brazil Nuts

BENEFITS
Reduces toxins
Helps anemia
Improves mental agility
Helps heart disease

SIGNS OF DEFICIENCY
Fatique
Muscle weakness
Loss of appetite
Irritablity
Depression
Poor memory
Tingling skin
Indigestion
Nausea
Anorexia
Nervousness
Beriberi


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Mosquito bites and Vitamin B1 August 08, 2007 9:01 PM

Some studies suggest that taking thiamine (vitamin B1) 25mg to 50 mg three times per day is effective in reducing mosquito bites. This safe vitamin apparently produces a skin odor that is not detectable by humans, but is disagreeable to pregnant mosquitoes (Pediatric Clinics of North America, 16:191, 1969). It seems to be especially effective for those people with large allergic reactions. Thiamine takes about 2 weeks before the odor fully saturates the skin ,but I have seen no scientific studies supporting this.

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