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Why We Need… Vitamin B1

One of the B group of vitamins, B1 (or thiamin) is important for PRODUCING ENERGY from fats and carbohydrates, and has a role to play in ENSURING THE NERVOUS SYSTEM works effectively. It’s vital for the normal functioning of our heart and brain, too.

Juliette Kellow HFG DIETITIAN

What happens if I don’t get enough?

A FULL-BLOWN DEFICIENCY in the western world is rare. Indeed, vitamin B1 is one of the few foods that most groups of people in the UK get more than enough of – figures show that men have an average of 1.59mg a day and women, 1.28mg. The exceptions are people who suffer with alcoholism.

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