#6 Vitamin B1- yet another very common nutrient deficiency...B1 aka Thiamine.
Why is it important ?
Thiamine is used in the conversion of carbohydrates into usable energy and is also very important in the breakdown of fats and proteins. It plays a vital role in heart health, as well as optimal nerve and muscle function. B1 also helps support the immune system, improves liver health and keeps your hair, eyes, and skin well.
Seen mainly in chronic alcoholism- leading to Wernicke's encephalopathy, liver disease, and optic neuritis. Severe deficiencies can lead to cognitive decline and Alzheimers whereas minor deficiencies lead to malaise, fatigue, weight loss, and irritability and confusion.
What is it found in?
B1 is found in most fortified foods, whole grains, brewers yeast and wheat germ. Also found in pork and organ meats as well as brown rice and black strap molasses.