Nutritional yeast, a perfect addition to any meal— nutritional yeast is one source of complete protein and vitamins, in particular B-complex vitamins. It contains folates, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, selenium and zinc, making it a great superfood! It’s low in sodium and fat, gluten-free, and doesn’t contain any added sugars or preservatives.
It’s important to note that nutritional yeast is not the same as brewer’s yeast. Brewer’s yeast is a by-product of beer-making and used in making bread. It has a bitter taste. While in the same scientific family known as saccharomyces cerevisiae, nutritional yeast is far superior to brewer’s yeast and is much higher in B-complex vitamins than wheat germ and many other natural food products.
Nutritional Yeast Benefits
Preserves Immune Function
Nutritional yeast provides the compounds beta-1,3 glucan, trehalose, mannan and glutathione, which are associated with enhanced immunity, improved cholesterol levels and risk reduction of cancer.
Nutritional Yeast was shown with marathon runners and endurance athletes, to have better overall health, decreased confusion and fatigue, increased vigor and seemed to recover faster.
The probiotics in nutritional yeast have shown positive effects both in in the digestive system and with diarrhea patients.
Contains Beneficial Protein and Thiamine
- Nutritional yeast is a complete protein containing at least nine of the 18 amino acids. Protein deficiency can lead to:
- A sluggish metabolism.
- Trouble losing weight.
- Difficulty building muscle mass.
- Low energy levels and fatigue.
- Poor concentration and trouble learning.
- Moodiness and mood swings.
- Muscle, bone and joint pain.
- Blood sugar changes that can lead to diabetes.
- Slow wound healing.
- Low immunity
In addition to protein, nutritional yeast contains high levels of thiamine, which is used in combination with other B vitamins to help regulate important functions of the cardiovascular, endocrine and digestive systems. Thiamine is used in nearly every cell in the body and is especially important for supporting energy levels and a healthy metabolism, while thiamine deficiency can cause many health issues.
Promotes Healthy Skin and Coat
Nutritional yeast contains many B vitamins, all of which tend to benefit healthy both skin and coat. Vitamin B5 and B7/biotin benefit are healthy skin and coat and Niacin, has been found improve skin overall.
Nutritional yeast contains vital food factors such as SOD, RNA/DNA, glutathione, trace minerals, Beta-glucans, GABA, amino acids, lipoic acid, polysaccharides, B-complex vitamins, minerals including GTF chromium and over 40 proteolytic enzymes. I would call that a powerhouse superfood.