Brain Gain

Vitamin B-1 is great for the brain and may help with depression and assist with memory and learning.

B-1 Health Benefits

Thiamin (B1) may enhance circulation, help with blood formation and the metabolism of carbohydrates. It is also required for the health of the nervous system and is used in the biosynthesis of a number of cell constituents, including the neurotransmitter acetylcholine and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). It is used in the manufacture of hydrochloric acid, and therefore plays a part in digestion.

In children it is required for growth and has shown some indication to assist in arthritis and cataracts as well as infertility.

Thiamin (Vitamin B-1) should be taken with the B group vitamins and manganese.

When taking alcohol, antacids and birth control pills or if you have hormone replacement therapy, you need to look at your thiamin intake. People suffering from depression or anxiety and those passing large volumes of urine, or suffering from an infection may all require more thiamin.

Sunflower seeds, peanuts, wheat bran, beef liver, pork, seafood, egg-yolk, beans all contain good amounts of thiamin.

Mustard Seeds

If you are like most people, the word “mustard” probably conjures up images of ballparks. Yet, once you add mustard seeds to your spice cabinet, the word will take on a whole new meaning, as you will also relish the spicy, rustic taste that mustard can add to your meals.

Along with other nutrients, mustard seeds contain a nice amount of vitamin B-1. Mustard seeds are sold either whole or as a ground powder. Mustard powder and mustard seeds should be kept in a tightly sealed container in a cool, dark and dry place. Prepared mustard and mustard oil should both be refrigerated.

Use mustard seeds or powder as a condiment in a variety of dishes. Mustard seeds can be used as is or can be roasted in a skillet. There are many tasty ways to utilize mustard seeds in cooking. One popular use is for chicken. Dredge chicken breasts in prepared mustard and whole mustard seeds and bake. Another popular use is sprinkling them over rice. Use a combination of brown, black and white seeds for the best flavor.

Mustard-Glazed Ham Slices Recipes

Have pre-cooked ham on hand to make these jazzed ham slices for the main dish in your next meal.


  • 1 pound precooked ham, three or four thick slices
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 generous teaspoon Dijon-style mustard


Preheat broiler. Place ham slices on broiler rack set in broiler pan. Mix remaining ingredients and spread atop ham slices. Broil five to six inches from heat source until the meat heats through (3 to 4 minutes). Recipe makes 3 or 4 servings.

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