The benefits of Brewers Yeast are so vast, it’s difficult to write about it in such a small article. So, like the yeast itself, lets pack a lot of goodness into a small package!
Brewer’s yeast was one of the first health products I ever used as a teenager. I was on the lookout for a good protein and vitamin supplement that didn’t cost a large amount and Brewers Yeast filled the bill.
Humans have been making and consuming brewer’s yeast for thousands of years, as it is used in the beer making process.
It has also been especially grown for use as a nutritional supplement for many years and is a fantastic high-protein addition to a healthy, balanced diet.
The nutritional benefits of brewer’s yeast are significant. It is a great source of protein and B-complex vitamins, which are sometimes lacking in vegan and vegetarian diets.
It is also high in chromium, a mineral helpful in maintaining proper blood sugar levels and selenium.
B-complex vitamins provide energy and help break down protein, carbohydrates and fat as well as aid in digestion and maintaining a healthy liver, skin, eyes, mouth and hair. It should be noted that brewer’s yeast does not contain B12.
Benefits of brewer’s yeast according to several scientific studies include controlling blood sugar levels in individuals with diabetes, due to its high chromium content.
Lowering bad cholesterol and raising good cholesterol, assisting in weight loss, improving acne and preventing skin cancer are other possible benefits of brewer’s yeast to have been studied.
Brewer’s yeast can be taken in powder form, as tablets, flakes and as a liquid. I have tried both the powder and the tablets. It can taste slightly bitter, so if the taste bothers you I recommend trying the tablets, which are about the size of an aspirin or vitamin tablet.
The powder can be mixed with water, juice, fruit smoothies and protein shakes as well as added to soups and other cooked meals. I used to put a couple of spoonfuls of brewer’s yeast powder into a vanilla milkshake, which gave it an almost chocolaty, if slightly yeasty flavor.
The recommended dosage to get all the benefits of brewer’s yeast is one or two tablespoons of powder per day or whatever is recommended on the packaging if you are taking it in another form.
B-complex vitamins in brewer’s yeast: B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid), B6 (pyridoxine), B9 (folic acid), and B7 (biotin)
As you can see, the benefits of brewer’s yeast far outweigh any negatives.