Marmite could help heal the heart

Experts claim Marmite could hold the key to surviving a heart attack

Whether you love it or hate it, a new study conducted by the University of Bristol claims Marmite could help save your life.

Experts suggest a key vitamin called benfotiamine, a derivative of vitamin B1 found in the spread, could aid a more speedy recovery from heart attacks by helping to heal the tissue damage and increasing the chance of survival.

Vitamin B1, also known as thiamine, is found in most types of food including Marmite, pork, vegetables, milk, cheese, peas, fresh and dried fruit, eggs, wholegrain breads and some fortified breakfast cereals.

A Separate study by the University of Bristol also found that the vitamin could slow down the progression to heart failure in diabetics, which is a complication of the illness.

The researchers gave benfotiamine to mice, some of which had diabetes and some of which did not, to test the healing effects of the vitamin.

In the Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology, the researchers said that the treatment ‘markedly improved the survival of both non-diabetic and diabetic mice compared with those given no treatment’.

These recent findings mean a supplement containing benfotiamine could become part of diabetes treatment.



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