Brewer’s yeast is also known as Saccharomyces cerevisiae. It might taste horrible but it has hundreds, if not thousands of health benefits. This humble yeast, which is available in powder flakes or tablets form, is a single cell fungus which is used in beer making and baking recipes. Let us study how you can use brewer’s yeast for its numerous health benefits.
Top 8 Brewers yeast benefits
1. As a multi-vitamin/mineral supplement
Brewer’s yeast contains everything you need to keep your body healthy. Many body builders take brewer’s yeast tablets to gain weight. This is owing to the high protein content of it. A tablespoon of yeast powder can provide nearly 8 grams of crude protein. Additionally, it also contains the following nutrients:
- Vitamins B1, B2, Niacin, B4, B5, B6, Biotin, B12
- Vitamin C
2. To sprinkle on pet food
Regularly using brewer’s yeast for cats and dogs helps prevent fleas, ticks and also strengthens your pet’s body. Sprinkle the brewer’s yeast powder on dry or wet dog/cat food and see their coat shine! The tablets and powder is full of B vitamins that prevent hair loss, allergies and rashes in pets. This superfood is also known to strengthen pet immunity. Brewer’s yeast for horses strengthens the immune system and wards off parasites. Here are some more benefits of brewers yeast on horses, cats and dogs:
- Reduces pets’ susceptibility to gastrointestinal infections as it restores gut flora due to its pre and pro biotic contents.
- Balances reproductive cycle and aids in fertility during breeding season
- Prevents rough coat, hoof damage in horses, dental problems etc which affect performance in show animals.
- Enhances digestibility of the feed.
3. To prevent and treat diarrhea
The broad range of B vitamins, trace minerals and nutrients make Brewer’s yeast ideal for fighting off e.coli bacteria that causes diarrhea.The nutrients in the yeast are also known to remove toxins from vibrio cholerae by 40%. Also, the immunoglobulin is known to increase in the intestines after consumption of yeast which restores appetite in diarrhea and GI tract infections. Take up to 250-300 mg of brewers yeast to treat diarrhea. If you are going on a trip and wish to prevent travelers diarrhea, start taking this nutritional supplement at least 5 days prior to the trip.
4. Brewers yeast hair and skin benefits
This superfood can be your key to staying young for a long time. This anti aging supplement has been studied extensively and been proven beneficial in fighting the following signs of aging:
- Acne and frequent pimples
- Enlarged pores
- Noticeable blackheads
- Dry, dull skin
- Itchy skin
- Dark Spots
- Crow’s feet
- Under eye bags
- Thinning hair and eyebrows
- Slow growing or dull and fragile nails
Dried brewers yeast contains GSH or glutathione which is a key component in fighting aging and oxidative stress. It also contains vital amino acids such as tryptophan along with biotin, niacin and B12 that are needed for healthy skin and hair. Biotin deficiency, in particular is associated with alopecia and skin rashes and dryness as well as poor nail health. Regular consumption of this superfood supplement can benefit hair, skin and nails. For fighting acne, the daily dose of Brewers yeast is 750 mg.
5. To prevent Pernicious anemia
This vegetarian supplement is ideal for vegetarians to fight vitamin B-12 deficiency.
6. Ease diabetes
Many studies have shown that the superfoor Brewers yeast , which contains Chromium, can regulate insulin and aid diabetic patients.
7. To increase good cholesterol
Scientific evidence shows that Brewers Yeast can raise HDL or good cholesterol levels.
8. Brewers yeast while breastfeeding
Brewers yeast is safe to be taken during breastfeeding and may help combat weakness, fatigue and anemia in the mother. The chromium in yeast helps ward off post-partum blues and depression.
How to use Brewer’s Yeast and where to buy it?
Sprinkle Brewers yeast powder or flakes into your water, juice, shakes etc and drink it daily. You can also add it to foods like salads, soups, sandwiches and stews. Health food stores and drug stores also sell standardized doses of this supplement in form of powder, flakes or tablets.
Potential dangers of Brewers yeast
This supplement is generally safe to take and has no known adverse reactions. However, avoid giving yeast to infants. Also, if you are taking it for diarrhea, but see no improvement in symptoms or also notice blood in stools, then seek medical help. Common side effects of brewers yeast are flatulence and gastric distress. If these occur, reduce the dosage. According to the American Botanical Council, avoid taking Brewers yeast when taking MAO inhibitors which tend to increase blood pressure.