Thiamin is more commonly known as Vitamin B1 as it was the first vitamin to be discovered. The body cannot produce thiamin by itself so it must be obtained from the diet; from food sources such as whole grains, pulses, nuts and seeds. Because it is water soluble and not stored in the human body a deficiency can arise if a persons diet is poor, either due to low appetite or a diet reliant upon highly processed foods. Mild deficiencies may arise because of these reasons also. Thiamin levels may be depleted in the body by long term treatment with diuretics and it is often given to patients being treated for alcoholism.
This white powder hard shell capsule may be favoured by those who:
- Drink or smoke heavily.
- Have a poor diet that is low in whole foods.
- Are on long-term diuretics, which are often prescribed for heart patients.