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Psychopharmacology

, Volume 129, Issue 1, pp 66–71 | Cite as

Thiamine supplementation mood and cognitive functioning

  • D. Benton
  • Rebecca Griffiths
  • Jurg Haller
ORIGINAL INVESTIGATION

Abstract

One hundred and twenty young adult females took either a placebo or 50 mg thiamine, each day for 2 months. Before and after taking the tablets, mood, memory and reaction times were monitored. An improvement in thiamine status was associated with reports of being more clearheaded, composed and energetic. The taking of thiamine had no influence on memory but reaction times were faster following supplementation. These influences took place in subjects whose thiamine status, according to the traditional criterion, was adequate.

Key words Memory Mood Reaction times Thiamine Vitamin B1 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • D. Benton
    • 1
  • Rebecca Griffiths
    • 1
  • Jurg Haller
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Psychology, University of Wales Swansea, Swansea SA2 8PP, UKGB
  2. 2.Department of Human Nutrition Research, F. Hoffmann-La Roche, Basel, SwitzerlandCH

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