Can I take Thiamine? If so, how much?
Thiamine, also known as vitamin B1, is a water soluble vitamin that is needed for your heart, nerves and muscles to work properly. It also helps the body use energy from carbohydrate and is needed to produce hydrochloric acid, which is necessary for food digestion. Thiamine is a water-soluble vitamin, meaning that it’s not stored in the body. A thiamine deficiency can lead to problems with the brain, heart and nervous and digestive systems. Thiamine supplements are usually not needed, as deficiency is somewhat rare, but they may be used for a number of conditions, including nerve inflammation, alcoholism, ulcerative colitis and certain types of genetic diseases. Men need 1.2 milligrams of thiamine per day, while women need 1.1 milligrams per day. As a supplement, usually between 1 and 2 milligrams per day is used. However, if you think you have a deficiency, you should first speak with your healthcare provider, as you would likely need a higher dose, depending on the extent of the deficiency. There are few adverse effects from taking too much thiamine, so it’s quite safe, even if you were to consume more than you need. But you generally don’t need additional amounts aside from what you get naturally in food. Food sources of thiamine include enriched and fortified grain products, such as bread, rice, pasta and cereal; beans, peas and lentils; and meat and seafood. It’s also added to multivitamin supplements, as well.