Nutritional B12 Tasty Yeast – Nooch for your Pooch!
Dried inactive yeast is an essential component of a human vegan diet. It is called ‘nooch’ and it is extremely rich in B vitamins, folic acid, zinc and B12 and it is very tasty – dogs that normally love to eat cheese will love nooch as it has a cheesy flavour.
Yeast flakes are a natural food grown on molasses under carefully controlled conditions. The yeast we add to our protein packs for our Umameo treats, is a primary inactive yeast of the genus Saccharomyces cerevisiae, and it is entirely free from Candida albicans yeast (the nasty yeast that causes skin concerns and a sweet discernible smell in dogs with a low immunity and itchy coats). There is also the lower quality brewer’s yeast that is a by-product of the brewing industry (hence its name).
Rather choose the highly palatable human-grade nutritional yeast for your dogs – even better if it is fortified with Vit B12, and ideal to add to treat recipes or just add to kale and roast for a delicious and extremely healthy treat.
What function does Vit B12 have in the body?
An average 15kg dog needs 9μg of Vit B12 in their diet daily for adequate enzyme function. A lack of Vit B12 results in appetite loss, lack of white blood cells (for a strong immunity) and anaemia with bone marrow changes.
Vegan humans almost certainly always lack Vit B12 in their diets. Theoretically, enough Cobalamin (Vitamin B12) can be generated from gut bacteria in both us and in our dogs, but as vegans we are often deficient in it so it is better to keep eating the nooch!
Dogs that suffer from digestive upsets with regular bouts of diarrhoea, all benefit from the addition of Vit B12 in their diet to allow adeqaute absorption of other nutrients, and it is ideal given as nutritional yeast.
If your dog suffers from a yeasty smell and chronic skin or ear infections, it is better to give Vit B12 as a tablet rather than in yeast form such as these tablets.