Vitamin B1 is important in helping your body convert food to energy. It also keeps your nervous system and heart healthy.

Nutrient Reference Value (NRV)

1.2 mg

Food sources

  • Whole grains
  • Enriched cereals and breads
  • Meats
  • Beans
  • Nuts

Problems associated with deficiency

  • Early symptoms include headache, fatigue, exhaustion, depression, nausea and numbness
  • Can lead to beri-beri, muscle wasting, heart failure and nervous system disease

Potential benefits at recommended levels

  • Helps the body to metabolise carbohydrate, fats and proteins
  • Needed for healthy function of the nervous system and muscles, including the heart