Disease risk reduction


Some preliminary evidence suggests that vitamin B1 (thiamin) ─ along with other micronutrients such as vitamin A and vitamins of the B complex (B2B9B12) ─ may protect the eyes’ lens and lower risk of getting cataracts.

An Australian study in 2,900 men and women aged 49 and over showed that those with the highest vitamin B1 (thiamin) intake were 40% less likely to have cataracts, which impair vision due to clouding of the lens of the eye, than those with the lowest intake (4). In addition, a recent study in more than 400 U.S. women found that higher dietary intakes of thiamin were associated with less lens clouding (5).

Authored by Dr Peter Engel in 2010, reviewed and revised by  Angelika Friedel on 29.06.17