Nutritional yeast, along with blackstrap molasses, wheat germ oil and wheat germ, and yogurt, were once part of the four cornerstones of the health food movement. They were known as reliable superfoods since they were primary sources of minerals and B vitamins.
This inactive yeast contains a massive amount of vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, and B12, folate, as well as some vitamin B5, zinc, iron, manganese, copper, and magnesium. It also contains important food factors like SOD (superoxide dismutase)(which is an antioxidant that kills cancer, also in green kamut), glutathione, RNA/DNA, beta-glucans, amino acids, lipoic acid, trace minerals, polysaccharides, GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid), B-complex vitamins, and more than 40 proteolytic enzymes. The combination of B vitamins and other nutrients make it a fantastic superfood that is gluten-free.
Nutritional yeast is a complete protein source and contains nine of the 18 amino acids that the body cannot produce. Since nutritional yeast does not have an association with Candida albicans, this inactive yeast is actually beneficial for chronic candida symptoms.