Faex medicinalis, medicinal yeast, Saccharomyces carlsbergensis, Saccharomyces uvarum, Saccharomyces cerevisiae
Brewer's yeast is produced from a number of Saccharomyces (yeast) species. Brewer's yeast is "harvested" during the beer-brewing process, or it can be specifically grown in a nutrient broth for improved yield and to modify its mineral content. It is naturally a good source of protein (52 percent of its weight) and
Medically valid uses
Domesticated yeasts have been used for centuries for raising bread, brewing beer, and making wine and alcoholic beverages. Brewer's yeast has been used as a nutritive supplement for providing B vitamins and, more recently, minerals such as
Please note that this section reports on claims that have NOT yet been substantiated through scientific studies.
Yeast may also be useful in the treatment of eczema, gout, infectious diarrhea, and some heart disorders. It may possibly play a role in lowering cholesterol, improving the immune system, and increasing mental and physical capabilities. It may help control diabetes by aiding in sugar metabolism (yeast with a high
Suggested dosage varies.
Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should consult a physician before taking any dietary supplements.
Side effects, toxicity, and interactions
Brewer's yeast may cause migraine headaches in people susceptible to them. It may also cause flatulence.
Brewer's yeast may produce a reaction with monoamine oxidase inhibitors (drugs used to treat depression). People with gout or Crohn's disease should not take it.
There are distinct differences between brewer's yeast, baker's yeast, nutritional yeast, and torula yeast. Brewer's yeast and nutritional yeast contain many of the same nutritional attributes.
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