Brewer’s yeast is a one celled fungus (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) used in the fermentation and production of beer and bread. Brewers’ yeast is of two types; one which is used in the brewing industry in the production of beer and another which is used as a nutritional supplement. The former is an inactive derivative of the brewing industry while the latter is cultivated in the laboratories. This article will be based on the second type of brewers’ yeast which has therapeutic benefits.
This yeast has been grown and used as a nutritional supplement for years. Some people confuse brewers’ yeast for baker’s yeast and the rest but brewers’ yeast is high in chromium unlike the rest mentioned which are all low in chromium. Brewer’s yeast is rich in selenium, protein, vitamins B apart from B12, and chromium. It tastes bitter, contains other minerals and very high in amino acid. It may interest you to also note that this yeast is exceptional as many foods will have to be combined to form as many beneficial substances to the body as this yeast.
Benefits of Brewers’ Yeast to Human Health
There are numerous derived from the use of Brewers’ yeast, here are some the major benefits:
- It helps in the proper digestion of food.
- It helps in the prevention of diarrhoea.
- Used in the treatment of constipation.
- It helps in against burnout and fatigue.
- It is an antioxidant and used to fight against aging.
- It aides in the elimination of toxins from the body.
- Used to restore lost appetite.
- It strengthens the immune system against various types of infectious diseases .
- Aides in the treatment of diabetes.
- It has positive effects on human the skin.
- Beautifies the hair and makes the nails less brittle.
- Extremely good for pregnant women because it aides her in the fight against nausea and puking.
- Good supplement for people deficient in protein.
There are lots indications, against the usefulness of inactive yeast that it would certainly aggravate the inflammatory bowel disease. This also causes itching, headaches in some hypersensitive people to biogenic amines. It is advised that one should take brewers’ yeast at every meal. You can as well mix the powder into your food or take it as a pill. Brewers’ yeast can be taken by everyone including children, adolescents, adults, athletes and the elderly.
Please note that it is not by drinking beer that one you will get all the benefits of yeast. Some damage perhaps, but it is more likely to produce more negative effects than benefits!
How to use Brewer’s Yeast
This invaluable yeast is available as a powder, liquid, flakes or tablets. This is also used as an ingredient in beer and some bread. The average adult dosage is 1 to 2 tablespoons daily. This can also be added to food or mixed with water, juice, or shakes.
Brewer’s Yeast Practical Uses:
One can sprinkle a reasonable amount of powdered brewer’s yeast on popcorn to make flavoured cheese. Brewers’ yeast can also be added to soup. It has been advised that brewer’s yeast be added after a meal has been prepared so that the heat doesn’t wipe out the B vitamins. Since it’s a good source of proteins, you can take three or more tablespoons of brewer’s yeast also any fruit you’re using for a power shake.
Side effects of Brewers’ Yeast
Medical practitioners have advised against the use of Brewers’ Yeast without medical directions. Therefore it is advisable that patients should speak with a healthcare provider and adhere to their prescriptions before taking brewer’s yeast.
The side effects of brewer’s yeast are generally mild and in most cases they are excessive gassing, migraine-like headaches and bloating. Once you experience chest pain, chest tightness, difficulty in breathing or throat tightness, stop taking it and contact a medical practitioner as these may indicate allergic reaction.
Risk of taking Brewers’ Yeast
It is advisable to talk to your doctor before taking brewer’s yeast. Please note the following if you are about to use brewers’ yeast:
- Do not use brewers’ yeast if you use Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs). This is owing to the fact that MAOIs is made up of selegiline, isocarboxazid, and tranylcyporomine which commonly are used to treat depression.
- Large amount of tyramine in brewer’s yeast can cause hypertensive crisis when mixed with MAOIs. This reaction increases the blood pressure and can cause a heart attack.
- Diabetes patients are also advised to proper Brewers’ yeast medication from doctors before taking them, this is owing to the fact that brewer’s yeast lowers blood sugar levels. Taking it can place a patient at a higher risk for lower than optimum blood sugar when combined with these medications.
- For breastfeeding mothers, ensure you consult your healthcare provider before taking brewer’s yeast.