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10 Astonishing Benefits of Marmite That Will Turn Your Hatred Into Love

10 Astonishing Benefits of Marmite That Will Turn Your Hatred Into Love

It’s brown, vegetarian and made from yeast extract! If you’re British or a New Zealander, it is most probably an essential part of your diet. Discovered by German scientist, Justus Leibig, in 1902, Marmite began to gain popularity when vitamins were uncovered and their benefits were told to the public. Owing to its high nutritional significance, it was not only parts of the First World War soldiers’ ration packs but also in the 1930’s, Lucy Wills, an English scientist found that the folic acid in Marmite could be used to treat anemia.

Even in the 21st century, Marmite still retains its popularity. In 2011, when Sanitarium, Marmite’s core manufacturer in New Zealand, shut down due to Christchurch quake, the prime minister had to appear on television urging the public to stay calm. New Zealanders had been unable to stock up on local made Marmite and in such desperate times used internet auction sites to acquire it. They even named this period of crisis ‘marmageddon’.

Now, scientists have labelled it the latest “superfood” because of its nutritional value. Marmite contains a few simple ingredients: yeast extract, salt, vegetable extract, spices, and vitamins (B1B2B3B9B12). Marmite is gluten free, high in vitamins, vegetarian and low in calories, providing nearly 50% of the recommended daily allowance for folic acid per serving. It is popular to eat it spread paper thin on toast or to eat it paired with cheese or butter.

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Marmite is well known for evoking a love or hate reaction amongst people. Here are ten astonishing benefits of Marmite that will turn your hatred into love.

1. It is healthy

It is gluten-free, vegetarian and low in calories. One serving can easily contain up to 36 percent of your recommended daily allowance of vitamin B3, it also provides 50 percent of your folic acid and 17 per cent of your thiamin – a substance that helps to protect your nervous system. It also contains iodine which helps to speed up the absorption of iron.

2. It can replace B vitamin supplements

B vitamins are essential for good liver and kidney function, and they help protect the nervous system. Marmite is an easy and cheap way of taking these B vitamins and if consumed daily can easily replace supplements.

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3. It is Eco friendly

Marmite itself is a by-product of yeast, thus, its effect on the environment on a broader scale is not dangerous. The containers can easily be washed and used for other purposes in the household.

4. It is more economical than other spreads

Since Marmite has a concentrated flavor, it is best to consume it in very small amounts, some people spread it thinly on toast while some prefer to mix it with butter to dilute its taste.

5. Its bottles can be creatively used

Marmite containers are a glass or plastic replica of the original Marmite pots that were used to sell Marmite in the early 1900’s. The Marmite jars can be washed and put to use in several ways: they can be used to put in loose change and tea or can be decorated so they can be given as gifts.

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6. It might help keep mosquitoes away

This may sound shocking, but according to the Guardian, the Sun, BBC and the Daily Telegraph, that yeast goodness can help in the defense against mosquito.

7. It is local

Marmite, unlike other spreads, uses local ingredients wherever it may be produced. In UK, it makes use of brewer’s yeast – a by-product of the brewing industry – which is made from dried malt barley.

8. It can be consumed different ways

Marmite does not have to be limited to be eaten as a spread. It can be drunk, mixed in stews and soups, used as a seasoning for food and even used in sweet dishes. There are so many possibilities with Marmite that it has inspired a cookbook for itself.

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9. It is a good hangover cure

Popular in Sri Lanka, mix Marmite in hot water. Add lime juice and fried sliced onion to complete this recipe.

10. It isn’t only a spread

Other products in the range are Marmite Mini Cheddar Bites, Marmite crisps, Marmite jumbo rice cakes and Marmite flavored oven-baked cashew nuts.

Featured photo credit: Philip Base via flickr.com

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Tayyab is a PR/Marketing consultant. He writes about work, productivity and tech tips at Lifehack.

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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