NUTRITIONAL YEAST

by Dr. Lawrence Wilson

© January 2020, LD Wilson Consultants, Inc.


All information in this article is for educational purposes only. It is not intended as diagnosis, prescription, treatment or cure for any health condition.



INTRODUCTION

As of January, 2020, we have added nutritional yeast to all development programs. This is a common yeast, but it is grown specifically for nutritional purposes. It is not the same as baker’s yeast or brewer’s yeast, which we do not recommend.

Nutritional yeast is somewhat yin because all yeast products are yin. However, in small amounts we find it very helpful for development.

BENEFITS

Nutritional yeast is an excellent source of:

B-complex vitamins, including vitamin B12. If it is fortified, it contains somewhat more B-complex vitamins.

Trace Minerals. It contains good compounds of chromium, selenium and other trace minerals. These are vital minerals that everyone requires today.

Protein. It contains fairly complete protein, meaning a wide variety of amino acids.

Carbohydrates. Nutritional yeast contains alpha-mannan and beta glucan. These can help boost the immune response. In addition, beta glucan has been shown to help lower elevated cholesterol.

Anti-oxidants. It contains some glutathione and some selenomethionine. Both of these are powerful anti-oxidant substances that protect the cells from oxidant damage.

USING NUTRITIONAL YEAST

Which Brands. At this time, we most recommend Frontier Natural Foods, KAL, Thompson, Blue Bonnet,, Anthony’s, Lewis Labs, Whole Foods, and Bob’s Red Mill brands of nutritional yeast.

Fortification. Some nutritional yeast is fortified with extra synthetic B-complex vitamins. At this time, we do not think this is needed.

Dosage. For adult, one teaspoon daily. It does not taste bad and is easy to sprinkle on your vegetables or other food. Children also need a smaller amount, starting around age 5.

How to take it. The easiest way is to sprinkle it over your food. It can also be used as a thickener. It has a slightly cheesy flavor that most people find acceptable.

Storage. Keep in a cool place and keep it tightly closed. It can be stored for up to a year this way.

Cautions. So far, we have not had reports of adverse reactions from taking a small amount of nutritional yeast every day.



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