In this health video you will learn about the dangers of yeast and whether if it is all bad.
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Dr. Mark Whitacre: Now, when I talk to a lot of people about high selenium yeast and selenized yeast, it seems like a common, or frequently asked question is this. The question is: what about Candida? What about people that worry about Candida, the yeast infection Candida? Is high selenium yeast a problem that can cause Candida? Paul A. Willis: Well, first of all we would have to make sure that everyone knows what Candida is. Candida is a pathogenic yeast organism. If we were to speak in a comparison to bacteria, lactobacillus would be a very positive bacteria that we’re all familiar with in our diet, but E.coli would be a very negative bacteria. Candida is a pathogenic yeast organism. Nutritional yeast[s], like sacromyces cerevisiae or Baker’s yeast, are nutritional yeast products. And yes, we have taken standard Baker’s yeast fermentation that we’re all familiar with in making our bread products, and we have fed selenium to the yeast and it has organically bound it—the selenium—into the protein structure. The difference is that, first of all it’s not a pathogenic, a harmful yeast organism; it’s a nutritional yeast organism. The 2nd thing is that it is we kill the product. We kill the yeast. It is inactive; we pasteurize it and then we spray-dry the product. So, it has no activity and it is a dead yeast and is deemed a nutritional yeast. And, it’s really not even in the same category as a pathogenic yeast organism like Candida. Dr. Mark Whitacre: So, basically it would be a misunderstanding if anybody ever felt that high selenium yeast, or the sacromyces cerevisiae, had any affect at all on Candida because it’s really not infectious. Paul A. Willis: That is correct. And, actually, if left in its active state, nutritional yeast competes with other yeast and so it would actually destroy a Candida type product. But, because it’s inactive it has no biological role and cannot be attributed to the promotion or the sustaining of Candida. So yes, it is a clear misunderstanding that just because they both are yeast products, much like E.coli and lactobacillus are both bacteria, Candida and nutritional yeast are both yeasts but they’re clearly [have]different functions and different pathways. So, it would be a clear misunderstanding to associate a nutritional yeast product with a pathogenic organism like Candida.