- Helps turn carbohydrates into energy.
- Promotes health nerves.
Thiamin is an essential B vitamin typically found in meat, legumes, grain, yeast, and wheat germ. Thiamin is utilized by the liver, brain, and other tissues to synthesize thiamin diphosphate (TDP), the active form of thiamin. TDP is critical for the metabolism of carbohydrates into energy (ATP) by serving as a coenzyme for the oxidative decarboxylation of pyruvate and alpha-ketoglutarate. Also, TDP promotes healthy nerve function since it is required for the synthesis of acetylcholine. Anti-Thiamin factors include thiaminases found in raw fish, certain polyphenols (such as tannic and caffeic acids found in blueberries and brussel sprouts) and alcohol.