5 Health Benefits of Nutritional Yeast

Find out why nutritional yeast is your new best friend.

5 Health Benefits of Nutritional Yeast

By Reina Berger

Whether you're a vegetarian looking for more protein, a vegan in need of a non-cheese ingredient that tastes like the real thing, or you are just curious about trending foods, there is no day like the present to give nutritional yeast a try. These flakes are delicious, multi-purpose, and have tons of health benefits too. Here are five reasons to add this seasoning to your shopping cart today.

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Vitamin B-12

Since most sources of B-12 tend to come from red meat, animal products, sardines, and tuna, the vegan and vegetarian community particularly welcome nutritional yeast. While it doesn’t naturally contain B-12, some brands are fortified with it. All you need is one tablespoon of this seasoning to get your daily dose of vitamin B-12, which is responsible for regulating your nervous system, maintaining your digestive system, increasing energy, and protecting against breast, colon, and stomach cancer.

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Will you ever feel comfortable in your own skin? That is, if you don't make an effort to protect it? Although 64% of adults do report wearing sunscreen when outside for prolonged periods of time, it turns out that only about 10% of people surveyed actually protect themselves daily, according to a recent review.

No matter what your skin tone is, unless you live in a cave with no sunlight, daily protection with either sunscreen, sunblock or protective clothing can not only protect you from developing sunburns (ouch!) but can significantly reduce your risk of developing skin cancer, particularly the deadliest type called melanoma. In addition, for those of you wanting to keep your youthful looks, daily sunscreen has been shown to reduce the development of wrinkles. A great teacher once told me that the best way to not have wrinkles is not to get them in the first place (think of how much money you can save on useless creams that claim to diminish wrinkles).

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