Brewer’s Yeast contains ample amounts of protein which is needed for muscular growth and function and is also touted as a remedy for acne and prevention of skin cancer.

Brewer’s Yeast or Saccharomyces cerevisiae is a “top cropping” (or top fermenting) yeast.  It is also called an “ale yeast” and  is the same species as common baking yeast.

Yeast is one of the earliest known organisms and has been used for baking and fermentation throughout history.  It is a unicellular organism that produces asexually by budding and is classified in the Kindom Fungi.  It does not contain chlorophyll (green colored structures in plants that use light for food).  It is rich in Vitamin B, which helps to provide high energy levels by breaking down carbohydrates and fats.  Vitamin B also helps maintain healthy hair, skin, eyes, mouth and liver.   Brewer’s Yeast also helps to correct pancreatic function due to its content of chromium.  It contains ample amounts of protein which is needed for muscular growth and function and is also touted as a remedy for acne and prevention of skin cancer.

Possible Interactions: If you are currently being treated with any of the following medications, you should not use brewer’s yeast without first talking to your physician.

Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOIs) – The large amount of tyramine that Brewer’s yeast contains can interact with MAOIs and cause a hypertensive crisis. The result  of a hypertensive crisis is a  rapid and dangerous rise in blood pressure that can cause heart attack or stroke. MAOIs are used to treat depression and some examples are:

  • Phenelzine (Nardil)
  • Tranylcypromine (Parnate)
  • Selegiline (Ensam, Eldepryl)
  • Isocarboxazid (Marplan)

Meperidine (Demerol) — Demerol, a narcotic medication used to relieve pain if taken with Brewer’s Yeast can also cause a hypertensive crisis.

 

PROPERTIES AND USES: Allergies, calm nerves, energy, high and low blood sugar, allows cells to digest glucose, cracks at corners of mouth, sore tongue, Vitamin B-Complex, Protein, Chromium.

 

COMMON NAMES: Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Brewer’s Yeast.

 

PARTS USED: The microscopic part.

 

Scientific classification

Domain:          Eukaryota

Kingdom:        Fungi

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