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Nutritional yeast is called a superfood, because of its broad nutritional value. It is a type of inactive yeast, meaning that it is not used for fermentation. It is high in protein and B vitamins.

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Possible Benefits

  • May help to strengthen the immune system 
  • May help to repair cell damage
  • May improve digestion 
  • May improve skin health
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Required Equipment

Nutritional yeast powder or flakes

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How to Do It

Nutritional baking powder can be used in various recipes. You can start by adding two tablespoons maximum to your soups, smoothies, pasta, sauces. To preserve its nutritional properties in the best way, it is recommended not to heat above 65°C.

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Why it works

  • Two of the substances it contains, trehalose and mannan, have functions that strengthen the immune system. These substances can reduce vulnerability to respiratory diseases. 
  • The high content of selenium makes this food help to repair the normal cell damage caused by body functioning. 
  • With its high fiber content, it has the potential to help improve the digestive process. Specifically, it helps improve intestinal transit. 
  • B vitamins are known for their central role in tissue formation and normal body function.
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Time Commitment

5-10 minutes 

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Suggested Frequency

2-3 times per week 

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Possible Side Effects

This yeast has a high phosphorus content, and this can cause our body to be deficient in calcium. This is why you should not consume it in excess. Follow the instructions of the manufacturer. 

If you observe any negative reaction when consuming it, stop its use, and consult a doctor.

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  • This type of yeast is not the same as that used to make beer. 
  • Some people use nutritional yeast in their diets as a replacement for cheese because it tastes similar. 
  • You can add it to your daily diet.
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Supporting Studies and Articles

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  1. Immune-modulatory effects of dietary Yeast Beta-1,3/1,6-D-glucan. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4012169/
  2. Vegan diets: practical advice for athletes and exercisers. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5598028/
  3. Yeast proteins: recovery, nutritional and functional properties. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/103375
  4. Beneficial Effects of Probiotic and Food Borne Yeasts on Human Health. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3257658/
  5. The Nutritional Value and Physiological Properties of Diets with Raw and Candida utilis-Fermented Lupin Seeds in Rats. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5068386/
  6. Dietary Yeast Cell Wall Extract Alters the Proteome of the Skin Mucous Barrier in Atlantic Salmon (Salmo salar): Increased Abundance and Expression of a Calreticulin-Like Protein. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5207756/
  7. Effects of dietary live yeast supplementation on growth performance, diarrhoea severity, intestinal permeability and immunological parameters of weaned piglets challenged with enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli K88. https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/british-journal-of-nutrition/article/effects-of-dietary-live-yeast-supplementation-on-growth-performance-diarrhoea-severity-intestinal-permeability-and-immunological-parameters-of-weaned-piglets-challenged-with-enterotoxigenic-escherichia-coli-k88/C7B790CD6C5166861340BA1C1AC2D229
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