Brewer's Yeast


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There are many types of yeast; single-celled organisms rich in B vitamins (except B12), 16 amino acids (20 in total), and approximately14 minerals. Yeast labeled nutritional yeast, is a good source of protein for vegetarians because more than 50% of its weight is protein. Brewer's Yeast is grown on hops; a bitter herb associated with the brewing of beer.
 A spoon full of brewers yeast surrounded by fresh fruitBrewer's yeast can be purchased in liquid, tablet, powder or flake form.As a rich source of B vitamins, brewer's yeast may aid in metabolizing carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. Since the B vitamins are stress busters, Brewer’s Yeast may support the nervous system. The effects of morning sickness, fatigue, gout, heart disorders, nervousness and depression may be relieved. Additionally, Biotin, a B vitamin supplied by brewer's yeast, may help keep hair, skin, and nails healthy.

Brewer's yeast also provides chromium. Chromium may help the body to metabolize carbohydrates and may work with the body's natural insulin to lower blood sugar, and may help treat acne, lower blood cholesterol levels, and aid weight loss. Chromium is absorbed best when combined with brewer's yeast.

Sources of 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.

Disclaimer: Many people report feeling improvement in their condition and/or general well-being taking dietary, vitamin, mineral, and/or herbal supplements. The Editorial Board of, however, cannot endorse such products since most lack peer-reviewed scientific validation of their claims. In most cases an appropriate diet and a "multiple vitamin" will provide the necessary dietary supplements for most individuals. Prior to taking additional dietary, vitamin, mineral, and/or herbal supplements it is recommended that patients consult with their personal physician to discuss their specific supplement requirements.

Updated on: 01/18/19
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