Monday, January 7, 2013

Brewers yeast as a supplement

Brewers Yeast
In part to a video i watched seeing someone i admire adding brewers yeast to a.... VERY, interesting smoothie, having never seen or heard of the substance before i decided to look at it in my local raleys and i was in luck they had plenty in stock, the following is also the exact jar i purchased:
looks yummy right?

i looked at the nutrition label and was surprised by the high level of nutrition in such a small amount of the substance:
Dem B vitamins

"Brewer's yeast is made from a one-celled fungus called Saccharomyces cerevisiae and is used to make beer. It also can be grown to make nutritional supplements. Brewer's yeast is a rich source of minerals -- particularly chromium, an essential trace mineral that helps the body maintain normal blood sugar levels; selenium; protein; and the B-complex vitamins. It tastes bitter and should not be confused with baker's yeast, nutritional yeast, or torula yeast. All those types of yeast are low in chromium. Brewer's yeast has been used for years as a nutritional supplement."
"Side effects from brewer's yeast are generally mild and may include gas.
People who have frequent yeast infections or are allergic to yeast should avoid brewer's yeast.
People with diabetes should talk to their health care provider before taking brewer's yeast because it could interact with medications for diabetes and cause low blood sugar."[1]

Brewers yeast can come in pill, powder, flake, or liquid form now from my limited experience i have only purchased and used the Twinlab Brewers yeast and i have found the taste not to my liking but not totally horrible, i have put it in my protein shakes (trying shakes our for a little bit right now) and the yeast globs together and is rather unpleasant even with shaking with a shaker with one of those wire balls in it. To compensate for the globbing effect of the powdered yeast i mix the protein powder with the yeast before pouring any liquid in and it makes the shake a bit more pleasant. i would recommend the pill form(<--- there's a good deal on the pill form linked for your convenience raleys has them as well) if possible simply because the powder doesn't taste all too good.

For those with diabetes
"Due to the chromium content of brewer's yeast, there is interest in using it for lowering blood glucose in people with diabetes. Chromium may help the body use insulin more effectively and this can lower blood sugar levels."[2]

all in all i'd say it was worth trying but over all not worth having in your pantry, i'll finish off what i have but my current view is that its just something else to eat. eat enough veggies and fruits and you can get all the vitamins and minerals you need, meat for protein and b12 as well as a dietary source of CoQ10.

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