(NaturalHealth365) Nutritional yeast is considered by many to be the most valuable supplement available and is used as a flavor enhancer as well as a nutritional aid. The subtle cheese flavor makes it a favorite among vegetarians. It’s delicious and more!
Good things come in small packages
One ounce of nutritional yeast contains 14 grams of protein and 79 calories. What you get for those calories is vital health: yeast contains more than seven grams of fiber per ounce. That is nearly one quarter of the recommended quota of 25-30 grams per day.
By supplementing a diet with nutritional yeast you are getting taste without sodium. One serving of nutritional yeast provides the full spectrum of B vitamins including B12, amino acids, protein, folic acid, biotin and minerals such as iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, chromium, and selenium. Nutritional yeast is one of the few vegetarian sources that provide all nine essential amino acids, which are used by the body to form protein.
Get an immune system boost
From the 1940’s until today – researchers have investigated Beta glucans, which are derived from the broken cell walls of yeast, mushrooms, barley and oats, showing it plays a role as an immune stimulator; the macrophages they activate are the immune system’s first line of defense against viral, fungal, bacterial, parasitic infection and cancer.
Research papers confirm the immune activating ability of Beta glucan along with its cholesterol lowing abilities. This is what Nicholas DiLuzio, Ph.D, Department of physiology Tulane University had to say: “The broad spectrum of immunophamacological activities of glucan includes not only the modification of certain bacteria, fungal, viral, and parasitic infections, but also inhibition on tumor growth.”
In fact, beta glucan is the only glucan found effective in preventing coronary artery disease by significantly lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol and increasing HDL (good) cholesterol levels.
Defend yourself from free radicals
Nutritional yeast contains glutathione, in fact as much as a California avocado, which is known to be excellent source. At the same time it supplies 30% of the recommended daily dose of selenium. These form glutathione peroxidase, a much needed antioxidant that protects us from free radicals.
Nutritional yeast is one of the better sources of nucleotides known for there anti-aging properties. Dr. Benjamin Frank author of Nucleic Acid Therapy in aging and Degenerative Disease and No Aging Diet: Eat and Grow Younger talks about the rejuvenating properties of DNA and RNA. DNA is known as the genetic blueprint for life of all organisms and RNA carries the DNA instructions to all the cells. The building blocks of DNA and RNA are called nucleotides. Foods that contain these increase energy, keep skin young, reverses heart disease, memory loss, poor vision and hair loss.
You just need to know where to look
The best nutritional yeast are grown on cane and beet molasses and fermented. After being held at pasteurization temperatures for a long enough time to inactivate the yeast, all necessary vitamins are added. A good product will have B12 added in this process.
Nutritional yeast is a concentrated source of nutrition without all those unwanted calories. It adds a salty and cheesy flavor to casseroles, popcorn, and pasta dishes without extra sodium or fat. Have you tried it? (post your comments – below)
About the author Blanche has been a student of natural healing modalities for the last 25 years. She had the privilege of working with some of the greatest minds in Natural Healing including Naturopaths, Scientist, and Energy Healers. Having seen people miraculously heal from all kinds of dis-ease thru non-invasive methods, her passion now is to help people become aware of what it takes to be healthy