Thiamine (Vitamin B1) Supplement Benefits and Dosage
Take a look at the sources and effects of thiamine (vitamin B1).
Thiamine (Vitamin B1) functions
Vitamin B1 is an essential, water-soluble vitamin. It helps with processing food into energy and is needed by every tissue in the body,
The Nutrient Reference Value (NRV) is around 1.2mg per day. In every dose of the Heights Smart Supplement there is 30mg (equal to 20 bowls of fortified cereal or 100 mussels), this is 2727% the NRV. The NRV is really the minimum amount and higher doses have been shown to be beneficial. There are also no negative side effects from taking this higher dose.
This is why we choose to include a higher dose of thiamine to make sure you are getting all the benefits from the vitamin B1.
Untreated thiamine deficiency, (although this is rare) could result in delirium and brain damage and higher risks of depression. It’s also being tested, with promising results on the cognitive function of Alzheimer’s patients.
Our own research found higher thiamine deficiency than we expected when we tested for it.
What does thiamine do for the brain?
Thiamine is needed for normal brain and nervous system function, and could play an important role in mental health.
Vitamin B1 benefits
Thiamine (vitamin b1) has the following benefits:
Essential for energy release
Used by every cell in the body
Could play an important role in mental health
Plays well with
B1 is available through diet, but mostly from animal sources, so those on a plant-based diet benefit from supplementation. To optimise the release of energy, it’s best to consume B1 with other B vitamins.
Clever stuff - Thiamine and depression
In a study that supplemented thiamine alongside antidepressants, symptoms were alleviated faster.
Here’s a handful of relevant scientific studies on vitamin B1 (thiamine).
Lu’o’ng, K. V. Q., & Nguyễn, L. T. H. (2011). Role of thiamine in Alzheimer's disease. American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease & Other Dementias®, 26(8), 588-598.
Ghaleiha, A., Davari, H., Jahangard, L., Haghighi, M., Ahmadpanah, M., Seifrabie, M. A., ... & Brand, S. (2016). Adjuvant thiamine improved standard treatment in patients with major depressive disorder: results from a randomized, double-blind, and placebo-controlled clinical trial. European archives of psychiatry and clinical neuroscience, 266(8), 695-702.
Zhang, G., Ding, H., Chen, H., Ye, X., Li, H., Lin, X., & Ke, Z. (2013). Thiamine nutritional status and depressive symptoms are inversely associated among older Chinese adults. The Journal of nutrition, 143(1), 53-58.