Vitamin B1 or Thiamine is included in the most important nutrients for the brain as outlined in Dr. Robert Melillo’s book “The Disconnected Kids The Nutrition Plan.” It also happens to be included in a group of vitamins and minerals that children with developmental issues like autism and ADHD are most commonly deficient. This series, “Nutrition for the Brain,” will explore the nutrients that are most important to brain development and childhood health.
THIAMINE, VITAMIN B1: THE ANTI-STRESS VITAMIN
Also known as thiamine or thiamin, Vitamin B1 is important to every tissue in the body and most specifically to the brain and the heart. It helps in the production of neurotransmitters and is the chief source of energy production to keep the brain sharp. In addition it plays a key role is the body’s ability to manage stress by boosting the immune system, improving digestion and promoting a positive attitude.
VITAMIN B1 & AUTISM
Children with autism are often picky eaters or problem eaters. Because thiamin is know to improve digestion and increase appetite, it may lead to increased interest in eating a wider variety of foods.
KID FRIENDLY FOODS THAT CONTAIN VITAMIN B1, THIAMINE
Since B vitamins like Thiamine are water-soluble and not stored in the body, it’s important to get adequate amounts daily through food. Most of the top sources of Vitamin B1 are wheat-based or from milk which are not recommended due to potential food sensitivities. Here are some alternative sources of thiamin that are kid-friendly, healthy and delicious.
- Sunflower Seeds
- Rice and Rice Bran
THIAMINE (VITAMIN B1) INFOGRAPHIC
ABOUT THE BOOK
Dr. Robert Melillo’s Brain Balance program has helped thousands of families across the country, offering a drug-free, scientifically based method for addressing a wide range of conditions, including autism spectrum disorders and ADHD. In this new book, he presents the nutritional side of The Brain Balance Program, featuring guidelines, tips, and kid-friendly recipes based on the latest scientific research on how food affects the brain.
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