Thiamin absorption and metabolism

Digestive diseases such as colitis, diverticulosis, celiac disease and chronic diarrhea reduce thiamin absorption as do protein and folate deficiencies. Some thiamin is stored in the heart, liver and kidneys but these stores do not last long and a continuous intake is necessary to prevent deficiency.

Thiamin absorptionRaw freshwater fish and shellfish contain an enzyme which breaks down thiamin. This can happen during food storage and preparation or as food passes through the gut. Thus large intakes of raw fish and shellfish can increase the risk of thiamin deficiency. Drinking large quantities of tea and coffee may reduce thiamin absorption.

 

 
 
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