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Our Comprehensive Review: Minerals That Support Healthy Immunity: Selenium

The Truth About Yeast

What is Saccharomyces cerevisiae?

You may not know it, but you are in contact with the Saccharomyces cerevisiae yeast strain everyday. It has been used for thousands of years to make bread, beer, wine and other distilled spirits. Yeast is the term generally applied to this microorganism and there are hundreds of species now identified, but Saccharomyces cerevisiae is the most notable and well known.

 

Cerevisiae comes from the Latin word meaning "of beer", and you may have heard the more common names like baker’s yeast, brewer’s yeast, and nutritional yeast (used by vegans and vegetarians). It is a normal inhabitant of soils and is widespread in nature; additionally the FDA has given this organism the GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) status.

Is the yeast alive and active?

It is NOT. The production process of our nutritional and mineralized yeasts includes a sterilization step before drying, which ensures the inactivation of the yeast cells. This is confirmed with microbiological testing of each product before it is approved for consumption.

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According to leading yeast researchers, any S. cerevisiae used to make bread, beverages or supplements, like SelenoExcell®, is dead by the time it is in the finished product. Seymour Pomper, PhD., a yeast researcher with 40 years of experience says that “unequivocally,” the yeast in the final product –whether bread, alcohol or supplements–, is dead. Pomper says that despite what you may read elsewhere, there is no evidence that yeast in foods or supplements made with the aid of S. cerevisiae can cause disease.

Can consuming S. cerevisiae yeast encourage the overgrowth of bacterial pathogens and yeast?

You are thinking of pathogenic yeasts, like some Candida species, which can indeed cause health problems such as Candidiasis, but there is no association between this disease and the S. cerevisiae strain. It is important to understand there are many types of yeasts that are actually good for you!

 

Just because a food or drink contains yeast, it does not mean it will make you sick. In fact, people consume beneficial or good bacteria everyday that improve health and fight off pathogenic yeasts and fungi that do cause health problems. Think of fermented foods like sauerkraut, kombucha, and whole grain sourdough breads – they all contain beneficial bacteria.

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Why Selenium-Enriched Yeast White Paper

1. Newly released, peer-reviewed clinical research better defines the importance of selenium compounds from selenium-enriched yeast and why this is the preferred form.

 

2. The most recent 2014 study at Penn State by John Richie Jr. Ph.D. and Karam El-Bayoumy Ph.D. showed, for the first time, reductions in biomarkers of oxidative stress following supplementation with selenium-enriched yeast but not L-selenomethionine in healthy men.

 

3. Results from past clinical trials suggest that SelenoExcell, but not non-food forms of
L-selenomethionine, may be effective at reducing prostate cancer risk.

FIVE WAYS SELENIUM CONTRIBUTES TO A HEALTHY PREGNANCY

1. Selenium is needed for proper immune function. It changes into antioxidants in
the body, helping support immune function and regulate toxic free radicals in the
body.


2. Selenium maintains healthy thyroid function, which is very important for energy
levels and strong development of a healthy baby. It also protects against thyroid
disease, which is relatively common during pregnancy.


3. Adequate selenium intake protects against serious pregnancy complications, such
as preeclampsia and pre-term birth.


4. Selenium can ameliorate the toxic effect of exposure to heavy metals, such as
cadmium and lead.


5. High maternal selenium status helps improve early infant neurological
development and may reduce the risk of the infant developing autism.

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