Yeast is an organism that thrives in warm & moist conditions. There are different types of yeasts which benefit the health of the body by improving immunity and nutritional status. Nutritional yeast is deactivated yeast which is sold commercially in the form of flakes or as a yellow powder in most natural food stores. Nutritional yeast has a nutty, creamy or cheesy flavour and it is often used by vegans in place of cheese. While it cannot replace whole food, nutritional yeast can help provide much-needed vitamins, especially to vegans and vegetarians, who often have concerns about getting B vitamins in their diets.
Here are some amazing health benefits of yeast:
Nutritional yeast is associated with enhanced immunity, improved cholesterol levels and risk reduction of cancer due to its selenium content. Runners who had yeast before the marathon reported better overall health, decreased confusion, fatigue, tension, anger and increased vigour. They also seemed to recover faster.
Yeast is very often a medicinal choice for diarrhoea and loss of appetite. The probiotics in nutritional yeast have shown positive effects on diarrheal patients and although more research is needed, it may help cure diarrhoea. Nutritional yeast is also helpful for those who suffer from lactose intolerance.
Is A Rich Source Of Protein
Yeast is a complete protein containing at least nine out of the 18 amino acids that your body cannot produce. This is good for vegans and vegetarians who have to struggle to find enough protein in their diet. Protein deficiency can lead to a sluggish metabolism, difficulty building muscle mass, low energy levels and fatigue, moodiness and mood swings. Nutritional yeast also has high levels of thiamine which helps promote healthy metabolism.
Promotes Skin And Hair Health
Nutritional yeast contains many B vitamins, all of which benefit hair, skin and nails. Vitamin B5 and Vitamin B7/Biotin benefit healthy hair skin and nails and reduce signs of skin ageing such as redness and skin spots. Niacin, also found in nutritional yeast, has been found to treat chronic acne and improve overall skin health.
Regulates Blood Sugar Levels
Fibre is a helpful nutrient that regulates the absorption of sugars in the blood stream, thus preventing sugar spikes. Fibre also sweeps out the harmful fats and cholesterol, along with toxins in your bloodstream that keeps your heart healthy too. 2 table spoons of Nutritional yeast contain about 4 grams of fibre.