Google “How To Avoid Environmental Toxins” and you’ll come across over 2 million websites explaining the ins and outs of these somewhat unavoidable aspects of everyday life. There are pesticides, heavy metals, phthalates, VOC’s, asbestos, dioxins, and many more. And then there’s mold, one of those toxins that we have all heard to avoid, but are not entirely sure why.
Good Mold and Bad Mold
Not all mold is bad for us! Did you know that Penicillin is derived from mold? Mold is used to age cheese to perfection, even improve the taste and texture of wine. Of course, when it comes to heart health the old saying rings very true, “everything in moderation.”
Brewer’s Yeast can be considered a good form of mold, or fungus. Used in the production of beer, Brewer’s Yeast was originally use in the Spanish Civil War for medical purposes. Today, it’s used not only for brewing beer, but also for diarrhea, the common cold, the flu, acne, PMS, type 2 diabetes, and upper respiratory tract infections.
The B vitamins found in yeast are the same that can be found in fish, eggs, meat and milk. These vitamins are crucial for maintaining the development of red blood cells, lowering risk for heart diseases, heart attack and stroke. B vitamins are wonderful for heart health.
Chromium, though not often talked about, is an essential mineral that facilitates our metabolism, as well as how much insulin we produce and how much energy we store. Chromium, as well as vitamin B, has also been shown to decrease the effects of depression.
Everyone knows how important protein is to our diets, muscle recovery, and nutritional health. Protein can be found in fish, dairy, poultry, eggs and meat. To maintain a heart healthy diet, the Mayo Clinic suggests choosing low-fat protein sources such as skim milk, low-fat yogurt and cheese, egg whites, skinless poultry, soy burgers, and lean ground meats.
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