Brewer's yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) can provide significant health benefits for human. When bred as a food supplement is most often grown on sugar beets. It is dried at a high temperature to kill the live enzymes and to produce a non-leavening yeast that will not ferment. Yeast's beneficial effects on health have been recognized for hundreds of years, but it wasn't until the early 20th century that the nutritional components responsible were identified, along with the discovery of B vitamins.
How to Use Brewer's Yeast to Improve Your Health
Choose which form of Brewer's yeast is most suitable for you. It is available as powder (which is its most potent form), flakes (good for adding to shakes and protein drinks) or tablets (best for you if you don't enjoy the taste).
Check the ingredients of the brand you are considering. The best quality supplements contain good quality protein and a full range of B vitamins, as well as minerals including magnesium, potassium, selenium, zinc, calcium, chromium and copper.
Start off with a small amount. If you are not used to Brewer's yeast, a large serving may trigger nausea or diarrhea. A 1/4 teaspoon- full is a good place to begin, then double the amount taken every 2-3 days until you have reached the recommended dose of 3 tablespoons per day.