Marmite Vitamin Could Be Used To Treat Diabetics

Tue, 07 Dec 2010
A key vitamin found in Marmite, a thick, dark brown savoury spread made from yeast, could help protect against serious heart conditions and diabetes, scientists have claimed.

Research carried out at by experts at Bristol University found that the spread contains a derivative of the B1 vitamin, called benfotiamine, which can speed up the healing of tissue and increase the chance of survival following heart damage.

The scientists say the discovery could offer fresh hope to people who suffer from diabetes and are at greater risk of heart disease .

Paolo Madeddu who led the study, said: "Supplementation with benfotiamine from early stages of diabetes improved the -survival and healing of the hearts of diabetic mice that have had heart attacks ."

"We conclude that benfotiamine could be a novel treatment for people with diabetes, and the next step in this research will be testing whether similar -effects are seen in humans."

However, the findings are only based on tests carried out in mice, and Dr Victoria King, head of research at British charity Diabetes UK, has warned that further research is needed to determine whether the compound is beneficial to humans.

She said: "We would like to note that it is 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."

"Taking prescribed medication, eating a healthy balanced diet and regular physical activity are key to good diabetes management ."