Beer Yeast: A nutritional supplement of choice, yeast is historically known for its numerous benefits both in terms of skin and the functioning of the body. Used since ancient times (from 5000 to 8000 years) worldwide for its many properties, it is now consumed by a growing proportion of the population and sometimes even on medical advice. But what does it really do? What will improve if you consume it? We answer these questions.
As baker’s yeast, brewer’s yeast belongs to the family of Saccharomyces cerevisiae (Saccharomyces means “sugar”, Myces “mushroom”, and cerevisiae, “ale”, ancient name of the beer). It is obtained by brewing from the fermentation of malt.
It is a unicellular fungus that, in the absence of oxygen, digests sugar and starch grains, creating an environment rich in protein (35% to 40% of its total composition, comprising the eight essential amino acids), minerals (calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and sulfur) and vitamins, primarily those of group B.
Indeed, yeast is one of the largest natural sources of thiamin (vitamin B1), essential for the metabolism of carbohydrates and fats. It thus provides a nutritional dietary supplement and is a therapeutic cocktail of the most complete variety.
In the market, there are different types of beer yeast, usually offered in dry form (you don’t find a lot of the fresh kind):
- Brewer’s yeast is a rich yeast raised in an environment saturated with a particular mineral (chromium, selenium, silica, magnesium), which ensures a high concentration. This mineral is ingested by micro-organisms, which incorporate these in their composition. Thus, the mineral-associated protein becomes more readily absorbed by the body.
- Inactive yeast is the most commonly-found formula. The cells that make up the fungus are processed by being burned at a high temperature whilst drying. Recycled from the tailings of brewing beer, it will contain vitamins, minerals, amino acids and polysaccharides of the active yeast, but does not have any probiotic activity.
- Active yeast is specially produced for therapeutic purposes. It is certainly more expensive than the inactive sort, but it is also much more complete.
What are the Real Benefits of Brewer’s Yeast on Wellness and Health?
The benefits of brewer’s yeast on wellness and health are many and varied. Thus, regular consumption of beer yeast improves:
- Resistance to fatigue;
- The immune system;
- Health and appearance of the skin (acne, seborrhea) – indeed it is often recommended by dermatologists;
- The condition of hair and nails;
- Intestinal balance;
- Assimilate food;
- Mood of women after childbirth (prevents fatigue and the baby blues)
In addition, Paul Bragg, an American nutritionist, even thinks that active yeast has the ability to reduce aging skin due to its high concentration of nucleic acid. Today we know that this compound coordinates cell renewal until age makes it lose its property, thus altering the appearance of the skin.
In prescribing this nutritional supplement to his patients, he noticed that their skin was smoother and not only flexible but also more colorful, a sign of good overall health. It has finally been scientifically demonstrated now, while its uses traditionally have been recognized for thousands of years.
In sum, regular consumption of beer yeast should be made an active part of one’s regimen for as long as one wishes to maintain preventive therapeutic measures, since it allows both eliminating blood toxins, and improving the functioning gut and skin, while strengthening the immune system as a whole. The whole body can benefit from this contribution.
Brewer’s yeast is not recommended in cases of inflammatory bowel disease, because it could aggravate the condition. Moreover, in the frail, it can create headaches and cause an allergic reaction. Finally, yeast is not recommended for people taking certain antidepressants or narcotics. To protect your health, always seek medical advice first!
Two tablespoons of flakes per day will give you maximum results.
Interesting Nutritional Facts:
- Drinking beer does not in any way the same benefits as the consumption of yeast – on the contrary!
- It is possible to make a skin toner mask by mixing yeast with a few drops of essential oils and water.
- Yeast should not be confused with the torula yeast variety, or even the Engevita Bjästa, often called “yeast food”. Their nutritional compositions are not the same, though all these different yeasts are rich in B vitamins and protein.