Published: 07/17/2018 - Updated: 03/08/2020
Author: Dra. Loredana Lunadei, PhD
If Brewer’s yeast is not part of your diet, you should definitely consider it. Brewer’s yeast (also known as beer yeast) has one of the most nutritious profiles of any food that exists.
- Contains 8 essential amino-acids plus 10 more amino-acids, necessary to form proteins.
- 40% of its composition are proteins
- Contains more than 14 essential minerals, with which it can partially or completely repair deficiencies of iron, copper, zinc, selenium, etc.
- Contains important amounts of phosphorus, calcium, sulfur, silicon, and manganese.
- Contains approximately 20 vitamins, most importantly of which are thymine, niacin, and complex B vitamins.
- It carries large amounts of nucleic acid, an indispensable element for cellular production and regeneration. By consuming nucleic acid you are helping your body look young, fresh, and wonderfully restored.
- Brewer’s yeast is the best resource for obtaining chromium, in which the organic “glucose tolerance factor” is found. This element is, in fact, absolutely necessary for insulin production so the body can correctly manage glucose.
What is brewer’s yeast?
Brewer’s yeast is a fermenting agent made during beer production, but it does not contain alcohol. However, the majority of brewer’s yeast are salvaged from the leftovers after beer production, during which process the yeast is cleaned and debittered, and thereby looses its nutritional value. It is very likely that this product will not have the same nutritional value as the yeast obtained from barley fermentation during the brewing process.
So make sure that when you buy yeast, it is alive. You can look at the label or ask at the store you bought it.
You might also find that there are two types of beer: bitter beer and debittered beer. This is due to the aforementioned process, when yeast is subjected to the “washing” process, aiming to eliminate the bitter taste since many consumers don’t like it. The truth is, both of these beers contain the same amount of nutrients, and it would only be with a very detailed study that one could say that bitter yeast contains slightly more nutrients.
It is recommended to consume 20 to 30 grams of brewer’s yeast a day, and you can always consult a naturopath if you have any doubts.
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