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Marmite – You need to love it

I have just been to the Gym, nice and healthy, been supermarket shopping and spoken to my mother whilst getting told off as mothers only do for eating my vice – Marmite coated cashew nuts, I love them but there is a fair bit of salt which does not help matters.

Well I say eat your words Mum as Marmite could heal heart damage according to the Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology. Now to the non UK residents who read this blog Marmite is a vegetable extract that you usually spread on toast and has a cult following with people in the UK and ex pats. In fact Marmite for some people would rate as one of their top ten foods to get stranded on a desert island with but for others it is disgusting and vile. Marmite’s marketing strap line is “are you a lover or a hater” it’s that black and white.

Well I love it and next piece of information is one of the best I have had this year, sad I know but it is true.

A key vitamin found in Marmite and Quorn could hold the clue to recovery following a heart attack, experts have said. A derivative of vitamin B1 could speed up healing of tissue and increase the chance of survival following heart damage, a new study suggests. Separate research also found the substance – called benfotiamine – can slow down the progression to heart failure in diabetics, which is a complication of the illness. Developing a supplement containing benfotiamine could cut the number of diabetics developing heart failure, researchers said. Vitamin B1 is also known as thiamin and is found in most types of food.

Good sources include Marmite, Quorn, pork, vegetables, milk, cheese, peas, fresh and dried fruit, eggs, wholegrain breads and some fortified breakfast cereals.

Both pieces of research into the vitamin were carried out by a team from the University of Bristol.

They gave benfotiamine in a synthetic form to mice, some of which had diabetes and some of which did not.
The study found that benfotiamine improved survival and healing after heart attacks in both types of mice.

Writing in the Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology, they said treatment “markedly improved the survival of both non-diabetic (80%) and diabetic mice (50%)” compared with mice given no treatment.

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