The Incredible Benefits of Nutritional Yeast for CIDP Neuropathy
Nutritional yeast is a natural source of B vitamins that are critical for neuropathy health. It is safe and great tasting too!
By Shiraz Abbas
Nutritional yeast is one of the most powerful and natural food sources that contain a whole set of B vitamins which can often work better and more efficiently than the synthetic or extract-processed forms that you see in pills. B vitamins are critical for neurological health and can help CIDP neuropathy pain and neuropathy in general.
How Vitamin Bs Work
Neuropathy is characterized by a process of damage to the peripheral nerves (around your arms and legs, particularly your hands and feet).
In the case of CIDP type neuropathy, it is largely a process of an autoimmune inflammatory response to the nerves which can be triggered by a whole host of different reasons, either a problem in the immune system, an infection or sometimes a bad diet.
B vitamins are critical for a healthy function of the nervous system and they play vital functions on multiple levels.
First,B vitamins, particularly vitamin B12, are important in maintaining and possibly restoring the myelin sheath that is responsible for proper nerve signal conduction. Neuropathy is a disease that destroys this function and results in debilitation and pain.
B vitamins are also important for mental health. We have previously written how depression can contribute to the onset or worsening of CIDP neuropathy. IntroducingB vitamins for people who suffer from depression, dementia, alcoholism and even schizophrenia has been shown to boost their mood and lessen their symptoms:
Chronic alcoholics are often deficient in thiamin, folate, B6, and B12 because of toxic effects of alcohol on the mucosal lining of the stomach and small intestine which interferes with normal absorption. Animal studies suggest that low serum thiamin levels are associated with increased alcohol craving. Niacin in the form of 1.25 g per day of nicotinamide taken with a meal before drinking may protect the liver against the acute toxic effects of alcohol in individuals who have relapsed. Thiamin is essential for the metabolism of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine and its release from presynaptic neurons. Depressed patients report improved mood and energy with daily thiamin supplementation of 50 mg.
What is Nutritional Yeast?
Nutritional yeast is not the same yeast as used in brewing beer. Nutritional yeast is a fungus that is used to make breads but it can also be edible and healthy. It is also healthy tasting (tastes like cheese!) and above all, a powerful and natural source of B vitamins which can be very beneficial for neuropathy.
One quarter of a cup of nutritional yeast contains the following health benefits:
1 – 8 grams (g) of protein
2 – 3 g of fiber
3 – 11.85 milligrams (mg) of thiamine, or vitamin B-1
9.70 mg of riboflavin, or vitamin B-2
5.90 mg of vitamin B-6
17.60 micrograms (mcg) of vitamin B-12
It also contains vitamin B-3, potassium, calcium and iron.
You can either eat it with a table spoon (drink water as it can get sticky) or you can sprinkle it on your food (salad, pasta etc.)
Shiraz Abbas is the founder and manager of the CIDP Neuropathy Support Group. He is also one of the main community educators of IVIG therapy. He resides in Fresno, California. Shiraz can be contacted through our free CIDP advice service at 1-855-782-0574.