Brewers Yeast Best Uses
By: Cindy Mitchell
Brewer’s yeast is named as such for one very simple reason — it’s used to make beer. However, this yeast,
produced from a single-celled fungus called Saccharomyces cerevisiae, has been found to have some awesome nutritional and health benefits.
Does this mean beer’s now good for you? Sorry to disappoint, but you should still consider adding brewer’s yeast to
your daily routine. Here are the 10 best benefits of and uses for brewer’s yeast:
1. General Nutrition — Brewer’s yeast is an easy way to add a nutritive boost to your meals or snacks. This yeast is
rich in protein, amino acids, fiber, B-complex vitamins and trace minerals. These essential nutrients have lots of
amazing health benefits that we’ll get to in a minute.
2. Digestive Aid — The nutrients found within brewer’s yeast strengthen and support proper breakdown and digestion of
food. This yeast also contains some “good bacteria,” or probiotics, which also support healthy digestion. Lastly,
brewer’s yeast is known to activate certain enzymes to prevent or relieve digestive issues like diarrhea.
3. Menstrual Relief — Women who add brewer’s yeast to their healthy diet can help reduce the severity or occurrence of
their symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), which often include cramping, bloating and food cravings/changes in
4. Skin Conditions — The B vitamins and trace minerals found in brewer’s yeast can help correct any nutritional
imbalances that could lead to acne breakouts, helping to reduce the inflammation and clear the skin. These same
nutrients may also improve the symptoms of other skin conditions, such as eczema.
5. Immune System Support — Brewer’s yeast contains a very important trace mineral, selenium, that acts as a powerful
antioxidant within the body, fighting off the potential damage of free radicals. This yeast is also said to strengthen
the gut’s mucus membrane to keep out infection.
6. Energy Booster — This is one of Dr. Mehmet Oz’s favorite reasons to try brewer’s yeast. He’s discussed this
supplement on “The Dr. Oz Show” multiple times, but his most popular recommendation is to sprinkle some brewer’s yeast
onto freshly popped popcorn. It will add a cheesy, nutty flavor and the B-complex vitamins and protein will give you a
7. Blood Sugar Regulation — The chromium found within brewer’s yeast is known to maintain the ideal amount of blood
glucose. Chromium can help lower glucose levels in the blood while boosting glucose tolerance and therefore lowering
the amount of insulin a diabetic needs.
8. Respiratory Wellness — By strengthening the immune system, brewer’s yeast can help you fight off the common cold
or flu and maintain healthy respiration, especially during the cold and allergy season.
9. Heart Health — Adding brewer’s yeast to your diet may help you lower your LDL, or “bad” cholesterol into the
desired range, as part of a healthy, balanced diet and regular exercise. Brewer’s yeast is rich in a type of fiber
known as beta glucans, which inhibit cholesterol absorption, lowering LDL and raising HDL, or “good” cholesterol.
Cholesterol management helps reduce the risk for heart attack, stroke and heart disease.
10. Weight Management — The protein and fiber in brewer’s yeast can be a great source of healthy fuel for a workout
and help you feel satiated. The chromium also keeps blood sugar levels stable, preventing the spikes and crashes that
can lead to overeating.
Brewer’s yeast is most commonly available as a powder or in flake form and is usually yellow in color. Top prepared
foods with the yeast as desired and enjoy! As always, speak with your physician before adding brewer’s yeast to your
routine for the purpose of managing any of the health issues mentioned above. Although, I do not have the brewer’s yeast posted on my website,
I do carry it in the store if you are looking to purchase it for your daily use.