It’s not often that there’s good news for anyone with Crohn’s disease – at least not for treatment of their disease. Usually patients are given to understand is that the best they can hope for is to reduce the severity of the condition between acute attacks.
But now there is a better answer. Simply switching to a plant-based diet and avoiding yeast in foods (both baker’s yeast and nutritional yeast) will not only keep Crohn’s disease under control, but it will actually treat Crohn’s disease, keeping the disease in permanent “remission.” It seems that for most patients, a plant-based diet alone will cause this remission. See Michael Greger’s video, “Dietary Treatment of Crohn’s Disease.” But for anyone with severe Crohn’s and desperate for a cure, avoiding yeast would seem to be a wise idea.
As a matter of fact, I originally ran into the connection between Crohn’s disease and a plant-based diet in a Dr Greger’s video entitled, “Is Nutritional Yeast Healthy for Everyone?” Yes, the bulk of the video deals with research regarding the effect of yeast (not specifically nutritional yeast) on Crohn’s disease. But in a passing reference, it becomes clear that eliminating animal products from the diet has a significant healing effect on Crohn’s disease. And that shouldn’t come as a surprise to those of us who know how many supposedly intractable chronic diseases are either improved or completely cured by a plant-based diet.
As for nutritional yeast? No, it’s not healthy for everyone – especially for sufferer’s from Crohn’s disease. However, this applies to all forms of yeast generate an irritation response in sufferer’s from Crohn’s disease.