As I open the door, a chill is in the air that is distinctly fall. I feel a brisk, cold wind crawl across the yard, making the remaining colorful leaves rustle. Thus taking me back to my younger years with the smell of wood burning in wood stoves and fireplaces. To my delight, the amount of hot chocolate increases! Yes, fall is here, and winter is on the way! It’s the time of year when respiratory infections, the cold and flu, are most notorious. (Shhhh! They actually exist year-round). Do you want an easy way to reduce winter infection risk?


The American lifestyle and diet do not support great immune function or health. Consequently, Americans as a population have low immune function. Nutritional yeast (also known as Nooch) can help anyone boost the part of the immune system that protects us from bacteria and viruses. It can help prevent or reduce our risk of these types of infections. However, for it to be effective, you must take it every day.


Athletes tend to get infections more often in the colder months. If you are an athlete, do you get more infections in the fall or winter or after intense exercise? If so, you should consider making this immune-boosting powerhouse an everyday part of your diet. It doesn’t take much to get the immune-boosting effect. As little as one tablespoon per day is effective.


Nutritional yeast is safe for everyone, including your pets! Nutritional yeast is de-activated yeast grown on beets and sugar cane molasses. Please do not confuse it with brewer’s or baker’s yeast. Baker’s yeast can deplete B vitamins. Even though brewer’s and baker’s yeast also contain beta-glucans, they are typically grown on grains like corn, which means they’re often GMO.


A Powerhouse of Vitamins


Baker’s, brewer’s, and nutritional yeast are created using a species of yeast called saccharomyces cerevisiae, which does not cause yeast overgrowth.


Nutritional yeast is rich in protein and B vitamins, including B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, Folate, B12, and 15 minerals, and contains immune-boosting beta-glucans. Because of its nutritional content, nutritional yeast is also important for supporting a healthy central nervous system, boosting energy, and protecting our vision, skin, and hair.


Benefits for Athletes


Furthermore, nutritional and brewer’s yeast have been used as an energy booster and for recovery for athletes for decades. Nutritional yeast has 16 amino acids and is an excellent source of protein. B vitamins are necessary to convert carbohydrates and fats into energy.


Fortunately, beta-glucan boosts the part of the immune system that fights bacteria and viruses. I know many endurance athletes who tend to get a cold or infection after a physically demanding event, such as intense cycling races, half-marathons, marathons, and Iron Man competitions.  Studies show that beta-glucans in nutritional yeast boost the immune system, so its ability to protect against bacterial and viral infection is not lost.


bragg's nutritional yeast bottleThe immune system is reduced by 30% or more after the body goes through that type of physical stress. Studies show nutritional yeast, when used regularly, prevents that drop in immune function. This helps prevent bacterial and viral infections after challenging physical events. It can also help boost recovery time.


You can’t eat too much, and it can be used in various ways. I put one-half teaspoon in each of my Vive shakes! I like the flavor of the Bragg’s brand best. Bragg’s is also GMO-free, and all the added nutrients come from natural, not synthetic, sources.


Nutritional Yeast has a mild cheese flavor and is great sprinkled on veggies, popcorn, or in smoothies. Check out these great recipes that use Nutritional Yeast.


Nutritional Yeast also provides other beneficial health benefits!


The Nutritional Breakdown of Nutritional Yeast


Here is the nutritional breakdown for one serving, which is one-quarter cup.


  • 60 calories
  • 5 calories from fat
  • 5 grams carbohydrates (2 percent DV)
  • 4 grams fiber (16 percent DV)
  • 9 grams protein (16 amino acids)
  • 0.5 grams fat (1 percent DV)
  • 25 milligrams sodium (1 percent DV)
  • 790 percent DV of Thiamine (Vitamin B1)
  • 570 percent DV of Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)
  • 363 percent DV of Niacin (Vitamin B3)
  • 180 percent DV of Pantothenic acid (Vitamin B5)
  • 300 percent DV of Pyridoxine (Vitamin B6)
  • 230 percent DV of Niacin (Vitamin B3)
  • 290 percent DV of Cobalamin (Vitamin B12)
  • 270 percent DV of Folate (Vitamin B9)
  • 38 percent DV of Zinc
  • 11 percent DV of Iron

If you want to keep your immune system in fighting condition, make nutritional yeast part of your daily routine. In addition, consider adding Vive Shake! To see how this whole-food nutrient-dense supplement will help you, contact us today at or 877-878-3009.


Vive Shake and the recommendations contained on this site and our blog are not and should not be considered medical advice. They are for informational purposes only. Always consult with your doctor before making any dietary or lifestyle changes. Never quit taking prescription medications unless advised to do so by your doctor.