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By Lou DeMers, NOW Quality Assurance Department
3-[(4-Amino-2-Methyl-5-Pyrimidinyl)-Methyl]-5-(2-hydroxyethyl)-4-Methyl Thiazolium Chloride; formula C12H17ClN4OS; Molecular Weight 300.81
Chemicals; everything in the physical universe - our bodies, every plant, animal, microbe, star, planet, stellar dust - is composed of chemicals -- elemental and complex. With this fact in mind, we need not be fearful or concerned when we hear the term "chemical."
The "chemical" statement at the beginning of this short article represents a complex molecule (chemical) belonging to a chemical class that is found in whole grains, meat products, vegetables, milk, legumes, rice husks, yeast, and fruit. You know it by its more common or usual name of Vitamin B1, or Thiamin Hydrochloride. It is composed of the elements Carbon, Hydrogen, Chlorine, Nitrogen, Oxygen, and Sulfur, and manufactured from these elements by the food classes mentioned above.
This vitamin is essential in "digesting" the food (more complex chemical molecules) we eat into simple chemical molecules. So, we go from elements to complex molecules to simple molecules or elements -- the true "Cycle of Life."
There, now that was not so bad was it? This complex chemical molecule is a requirement for a healthy life, being termed an enzyme cofactor. Enzymes are another class of complex chemical molecules necessary for life. And the list goes on.