What is thiamine (vitamin B1)?

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Thiamine, also known as vitamin B1, is a substance that's necessary for many chemical reactions in the body. Thiamine helps cells convert carbohydrates into energy, and it helps the nervous system, muscles and heart to function properly. Thiamine may be found in food sources, such as lean meats, fish, peas, beans and whole grains. It's also available as a supplement.

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