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Marmite - The Perfect Food for POTS and Orthostatic Intolerance

Let me introduce you to Marmite - an unusual yet delectable (for some) spread made from brewers yeast extract.  A staple in many people's diet in the United Kingdom, it has not really taken off in North America....yet!

Marmite is made up of several ingredients in addition to the brewers yeast extract: Salt,Vegetable Extract, Niacin, Thiamin, Spice Extracts, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Celery Extract and Vitamin B12.  I find spreading a thin layer of Marmite on slice of very old cheddar a delicious treat but it is more commonly eaten spread on a slice of toast.   There is a story that in 1994 when a British backpacker was released from being held hostage in India by Kashmiri separatists, the first meal he requested upon returning home was Marmite on toast.

So why do I claim that Marmite is the perfect POTS food?  For two reasons: 1) It is high in salt.  A 4g serving (what you would spread on toast) contains 200mg of sodium. and 2) It is high in iron, B12 and Riboflavin (B2). Minerals and vitamins whose health benefits are excellent for people with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia or Orthostatic Intolerance.

Vitamin B2 is something I take everyday as prescribed by my neurologist to combat my migraines....and it works.  Since taking 400mg daily, B2 has significantly reduced the frequency of my attacks. See my section on Riboflavin! for more details.

Hopefully your local food store carries Marmite so you can give it a try.  If not you may be able to order it from this querky site devoted to the Marmite phenomena.

1 comment:

  1. Dear fellow Potsie,

    Just as you I'm doing the dr. Levine exercise program. Yesterday I finished my final training for the first three months.

    Looking for some more info I found your website and I must congratulate you with it, nice work.

    I was very interested in your diet tips and the Marmite got my attention. It looked like something that could benefit me in my daily live.

    After some research I found out that the Marmite is full of monosodium glutamate aka E621 or vetsin (and there are dozens names for it).

    E621 can be harmfull and especially for POTS patients. The ingredient can cause a faster heartbeat. Research has never fully pointed out that it is harmful but according to a lot of specialist you can better not take it (my cardiologist advices me to avoid it). I know i'm senstive to it (and so is my mom) but some people are less sensitive. I believe that potsies are more sensitive to a lot stuff than others so please be awared.

    Could you please put a warning or something alike in this topic? People can monitor it when they try it.

    Thank you and thanks for your wondeful blog.