Brewer's Yeast


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Top 10 brewer's yeast benefits

Do you know brewers yeast benefits? Also known as Saccharomyces cerevisiae, food substance is commonly used in baking and the fermentation of beer. Nutritional yeast is the byproduct of beer brewing and is considered a probiotic. Probiotics are foods or dietary supplements that contain organisms, like bacteria or yeast, which provide health benefits for humans.
Brewer’s yeast is rich in nutrients like chromium , B vitamins, protein, selenium , potassium , iron , zinc , and magnesium . As a nutritional supplement it provides a rich supply of protein, B-complex vitamins and minerals, most notably chromium and selenium. It contains 18 amino acids, making it a complete protein, as well as 15 different minerals.
Among the many brewers yeast benefits:

  • Chromium, an essential trace mineral in brewer’s yeast, serves as an antioxidant ridding the body of harmful toxins and free radicals. Other elements helping in this regard are glutathione, minerals (14) and trace elements, vitamins (17) in the group of vitamin B and provitamin D.
  • Glucose tolerance factor or GTF helps the body in maintaining normal blood sugar levels. It aids the body to make use of insulin more efficiently.
  • Immunity is strengthened by selenimum which helps the body fight against illnesses and diseases. Additionally, it can also help in making the thyroid function more efficiently.
  • Vitamins improve the condition of the skin, hair and eyes. These vitamins also help in breaking down fats, carbohydrates and proteins. They are also essential in maintaining the healthy functioning of the digestive and the nervous systems. The rich vitamin B content also help regulate mood.
  • The high amount of protein found in brewer’s yeast contains all the essential amino acids needed to build and repair tissues, bones, muscles and cartilage.
  • Lower the levels of bad cholesterol or LDL while raising the levels of good cholesterol or HDL in the body. This can help in reducing the risk of several diseases such as hypertension, strokes and heart attacks.

Protein supplement for those that don't ingest enough. For those on a low cholesterol diet, vegetarians or those looking to boost protein levels, nutritional yeast makes a great addition or substitution to meats, dairy and other high fat proteins.

What's the bottom line for you?

Brewers yeast:

  • Helps digestion.
  • Helps to regenerate the intestinal flora, thus counteract constipation, diarrhea.
  • Fights against fatigue and burnout.
  • Fights against aging.
  • Helps to eliminate toxins from the body.
  • Regulates mood.
  • Fights against the loss of appetite.
  • Strengthens the immune system in fighting infections.
  • Treats diabetes provided it is enriched in chromium.
  • Improves appearance of the skin.
  • Helps create healthy hair and stronger nails.

The most common side effects of brewer's yeast taken as a dietary supplement include bloating caused by gas, flatulence and an upset stomach. Because of these, brewer's yeast should be avoided if you are prone to intestinal distress.

All things considered, give it a try and see how brewers yeast can make you look and feel better.


Because supplements may have side effects or interact with medications, you should take them only under the supervision of your health care provider.

Side effects from brewer's yeast are generally mild and may include gas.

People who have frequent yeast infections or are allergic to yeast should avoid brewer's yeast.

People with diabetes should talk to their health care provider before taking brewer's yeast because it could interact with medications for diabetes and cause low blood sugar. (See "Possible Interactions" sections.)

People with Crohn’s disease should ask their health care provider before taking brewer’s yeast.

Possible Interactions

If you are being treated with any of the following medications, you should not use brewer's yeast without first talking to your health care provider.

Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOIs) -- Brewer's yeast contains a large amount of tyramine, a substance that can interact with MAOIs and cause a hypertensive crisis. A hypertensive crisis is a very fast and dangerous rise in blood pressure that can cause heart attack or stroke. MAOIs are used to treat depression and include:

  • Phenelzine (Nardil)
  • Tranylcypromine (Parnate)
  • Selegiline (Ensam, Eldepryl)
  • Isocarboxazid (Marplan)
  • Meperidine (Demerol) -- As with MAOI antidepressants, brewer's yeast may also lead to a high blood pressure crisis if it is taken with Demerol, a narcotic medication used to relieve pain.
  • Medications for Diabetes -- Brewer’s yeast may lower blood sugar levels. When combined with diabetes medications, taking brewer's yeast could raise the risk of having low blood sugar. If you take medications for diabetes, ask your health care provider before taking brewer’s yeast.

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