Yeast as supplement

By pjain      Published April 26, 2020, 4:01 a.m. in blog Health   

Yeast as supplement

Nutritional properties

Two tablespoons (21 gms) of dried brewer's yeast has 5 gm of fiber, 46 calories and 6 gm of protein, and very low carbs.

Brewer's yeast is particularly rich in the B vitamins thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, pyridoxine, folate and biotin. B vitamins help your body convert carbohydrates, fats and protein to energy. Brewer's yeast is also high in the minerals chromium and selenium. Chromium plays a role in helping the body maintain a healthy blood sugar level, while selenium plays a role in thyroid hormone production.

PROBLEM: Active yeast can rob your body of thiamine

Active baker's yeast can cause you to get gassy, and worse, it can actually rob your body of thiamine. (This seems to happen because the yeast cells gobble up most of the thiamine for themselves and don’t release it back into the bloodstream.) Yeast supplements normally sold in health-food stores are inactive and non-fermenting.

=> SOLUTION is to inactivate the yeast by properly cooking the yeast containing bread, etc. Beer gets distilled or boiled so that is already inactive.

Benefits - Medical use?

Typically, adults can benefit from taking a brewer's yeast supplement, 1 to 2 tablespoons per day.

Brewer's Yeast reduces BP In Type 2 Diabetes

  • A study published in 2013 by the Iranian Journal of Public Health, taking 1,800 milligrams per day of brewer's yeast can help to reduce blood pressure in people with Type 2 diabetes, in addition to regular medical interventions.

Can reduce Blood Sugar levels

If you take medication to control your blood sugar while taking yeast supplements, your glucose level may drop below normal.

Problem: High in Fiber - add gradually into your diet!

Though nutritional yeast is low in calories, it’s packed with fiber. The recommended, at 2 tablespoons (21 grams) of nutritional yeast flakes may provide about 5 grams of dietary fiber. That’s about 20 percent of the recommended intake

Brewer's yeast may cause unpleasant digestive gas or bloating and other side effects (eg as bad as cramps or even diarrhea) if added into diets that had less fiber in past.

Also, when increasing your fiber intake, it’s always best to make sure you’re consuming adequate fluids as well to maintain proper digestion.

Problem: May trigger Migranes

Some yeast products contain compounds like tyramine, which may trigger migraine attacks in some individuals. This may be a factor for those with a food allergy eg gluten or alcoholic drinks.

Tyramine is a compound derived from the amino acid tyrosine and found naturally in nutritional yeast and concentrated yeast products like Vegemite .

Most individuals can enjoy tyramine-containing foods without experiencing negative side effects.

However, some studies show that tyramine may cause migraine attacks in certain people

Problem: Not for some sensitive to yeast infections

The "safe" advice is to avoid taking yeast supplements if you're prone to yeast infections or if you have a weakened immune system due to disease or medication.

This sensitivity to yeast might be a myth. Popular myth confuses with a yeast-like infection, Candida, which occurs in people from time to time. There is no good evidence that yeast sensitivity leads to candidiasis or that excluding yeast from the diet helps control the infection.

Candidiasis, when it occurs, may present as thrush in the mouth, balanitis (whitish material about the glans of the penis), as a vaginal infection, or sometimes affect fingernails or toenails.

The situations in which these infections occur are mostly where the body's immune defence is not functioning well - as in a person with newly diagnosed or poorly controlled diabetes, or someone given treatment to deliberately suppress the immune system. It is unlikely that food intake contributes significantly to the development of candidiasis.

How to resolve yeast infections?

However, for most individuals, even a serious overgrowth of Candida is not a problem that requires any particular treatment or lifestyle modification. Nonetheless, there are those who say that the “prescription” is the elimination of all sugar and yeast, as well as processed (even frozen) foods. Of course, they would also suggest that you install air filters to create “safe rooms,” give up cosmetics and other products that contain petrochemicals, and take anti-fungal drugs. Unfortunately, such therapies may be a waste of time, energy and hope. To make matters worse, some anti-fungal drugs can have serious negative side effects.

Problem: High gout-factors in yeast

Yeast is basically nothing but cells and their nuclei with no intervening tissue walls, fiber or cartilage,etc. as in a plant or animal. So in a dried yeast, the relative concentration of material from the nuclei, like nucleic acid and purines, is high.

As a consequence yeast can increase the production of uric acid, the gout factor, after it has been eaten. This usually does not matter, since the body's capacity to handle it is adequate.

Actually the alcohol in beer (made from yeast) causes relatively more uric acid production in the body than would the nucleic acid from yeast. So if you take controlled amounts of alcoholic drinks, it would help more than cutting back yeast.

Types of Yeast

Derived from a fungi called Saccharomyces cerevisiae, which uses sugar to produce carbon dioxide and alcohol. Then by filtering, skimming and distilling, the alcohol and trace flavorings is what makes beer and other alcoholic drinks.

This is the most common type used as a dietary supplement. It's also used to make beer.

Brewer’s yeast, which is left over in the process of making beer, is an inactive form of yeast that has already been killed off by heating. By itself, it is almost too bitter to eat and must undergo a special “de-bittering” process to make it palatable.

Baker's yeast so so - has B12 great for vegans, digests a lot of sugars and glutens in flour

Baker's yeast is the same species but a different strain than brewer's yeast.

Even though this strain of yeast contains some nutrients, it's not particularly rich nutritionally and thus is not used as a dietary supplement.

Instead, it's used as a leavening agent to make dough rise in baking. It contains some trace minerals and is rich in folate. Yeast works by consuming sugar in the dough and excreting carbon dioxide and ethanol, causing air bubbles to form in the dough. This process is known as fermentation.

Nutritional Yeast adds Flavor - B12 fortified usually

Supplements labeled “nutritional” or “primary” yeast are much easier to get down. They vary in nutrients, depending on whether they’ve been fortified with vitamins; a tablespoon of plain, unfortified brewer’s yeast has 28 calories, 3 to 4 grams of protein, the entire recommended daily allowance for thiamine, 25% of the RDA for riboflavin and about 20% of the RDA for niacin. It is also rich in chromium. Some supplemental yeast varieties are “super-fortified”; these contain five to 10 times the recommended daily allowance for certain vitamins, as well as digestive enzymes--and other substances that haven’t been shown to have any useful purpose.

Nutritional yeast is sold in various forms, such as flakes, powders and liquids, and it adds a cheesy flavor and nutritional value to your meals. Nutritional yeast contains B-complex vitamins and selenium.

Unlike brewer's yeast, it is sometimes fortified with B12, so eating yeast with this nutrient makes it especially beneficial to vegans, since B12 only occurs naturally in animal-derived foods, like meat, that aren't allowed on a vegan diet.

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