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Marmite to aid private medical cover treatment for heart disease?

Published on 06/12/2010
New research could lead to a key vitamin commonly found in Marmite being used to treat private medical cover holders who suffer from heart problems.

A study has found that benfotiamine, a derivative of vitamin B1, could speed up healing of damaged caused by heart disease or after a heart attack, boosting chances of survival.

Benfotiamine is found in significant quantities in Marmite, as well as other foodstuffs such as yeast and Quorn.

A separate study at the University of Bristol has also shown that the substance could be used to prevent heart attacks in people with diabetes, who are more vulnerable to cardiovascular disease.

Researchers gave benfotiamine supplements to mice with and without diabetes.

They found that treating mice with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes with benfotiamine from the early stages of diabetes can delay progression to heart failure as well as improve survival and healing after heart attacks in Type 1 mice and even in the mice without diabetes.

However, Dr Victoria King, head of research at Diabetes UK, which helped the study, said: "We would like to note that it’s still too early to draw any firm conclusions about the role of vitamin B1 in the prevention of complications and we would not advise that people look to vitamin supplements to reduce their risk of cardiovascular complications at this stage."
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