There are many types of yeast, single-celled organisms rich in B vitamins (except B12), 16 amino acids (20 in total), and 14 minerals (more or less). Yeast is high in phosphorus. Brewer's Yeast, labeled nutritional yeast, is a good source of protein for vegetarians because over 50% of its weight is protein. Brewer's Yeast is grown on hops, a bitter herb associated with the brewing of beer.
As a rich source of B vitamins, Brewer's Yeast aids in metabolizing carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. Since the B vitamins are stress busters, the nervous system is supported. The effects of morning sickness, fatigue, gout, heart disorders, nervousness, and depression can be relieved. Additionally, Biotin, a B vitamin supplied by Brewer's Yeast, helps keep hair, skin, and nails healthy.
Brewer's Yeast also supplies Chromium. Chromium helps the body to metabolize carbohydrates, works with the body's natural insulin to lower blood sugar (regulate), is used to treat acne, lowers blood cholesterol levels, and aids weight loss. Chromium is absorbed best when combined with Brewer's Yeast.
Brewer's Yeast can be purchased in liquid, tablet, powder or flake form.
Guidelines and Cautions
Brewer's Yeast can be dissolved in water or juice. Four tablespoons per day is a recommended dose. However, to avoid gas, begin using 1 tablespoon daily and gradually work up to the recommended amount.
People with osteoporosis need to take extra calcium because Brewer's Yeast contains high levels of phosphorus. Avoid Brewer's Yeast (or any yeast) if yeast infections (i.e. Candida) frequently occur.