(Uses): Has a key role in the production of energy, and helps nerves, heart, and muscular system function well. Used in the treatment of fatigue, irritability, depression. Helps to reduce nausea. Increased intake may be suggested for nerve problems relating to alcoholism, multiple sclerosis, neuritis, and Bell’s palsy.
(Herbal Sources): Alfalfa, bladder wrack, burdock root, catnip, cayenne, chamomile, chickweed, eyebright, fennel seed, fenugreek, hops, nettle, oat straw, parsley, peppermint, raspberry leaves, red clover, rose hips, sage, yarrow, and yellow dock.
(RDA): During pregnancy and lactation is 1.4 mg. Adults need 0.5 mg per 1000 calories cosumed. Infants need more for their body weight, but less in total (0.5 mg per day). The minimum intake for a very healthy person is approximately 2 mg per day. However, Thiamin is depleted when stress levels are high, when one smokes, after surgery, during diarrhea, with fever, when one consumes caffeine, when taking birth control pills, or when pregnant or lactating. In these cases, the optimal level would be about 50 mg, not to exceed 200 – 300 mg. per day.
(Assimilation): Manganese, B complex, vitamins C, E.