Thursday, May 16, 2013

Thiamine and memory

Thiamine or vitamin B1 is one of the B vitamins with antioxidant properties. It’s found in whole grains, brewer’s yeast, molasses and meats.

Among its functions, thiamine helps manufacture acetylcholine, one of the brain’s major chemical messenger. A scarcity of this nutrient impedes human brain’s ability to use glucose, sapping the energy required to perform mental activities.

A study at the University of Connecticut noted that thiamine supplementation increased memory abilities. The result showed that the people who took the thiamine supplement reported feeling significantly more clearheaded, composed and energetic.

Severe thiamine deficiency has at times cause memory loss, although in society such cases are unusual, and thiamine deficiency alone generally produces peripheral neuritis and numbness as its most outstanding features.

The deficiency would induced metabolic central nervous system disease predominantly affects memory. This characterized by confabulation and defect in retentive memory.
Thiamine and memory