Thiamine was the first B vitamin to be discovered by scientists… hence the “1”. Like the other B vitamins, thiamin is water-soluble and helps the body turn food into energy.
Thiamine is an essential nutrient because all of the tissues of the body, including the brain, need thiamine to function properly. The body needs thiamine to make adenosine triphosphate (ATP), a molecule that transports energy within cells.
Written by Joe Bowman | Published on October 22, 2014
Medically Reviewed by Peggy Pletcher, MS, RD, LD, CDE on October 22, 2014
Entire article can be found at: http://www.healthline.com/health/vitamin-watch-b1-thiamine#2