May 29, 2016

Brewer's Yeast

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How does Brewer's Yeast work?

Due to the chromium content of brewer's yeast, there is interest in using it for lowering blood glucose in people with diabetes. Chromium may help the body use insulin more effectively and this can lower blood sugar levels.

Additionally, brewer's yeast seems to stimulate chemicals (intestinal enzymes) that could help relieve diarrhea.

It also might help fight bacteria that cause infections in the intestine, as well as improve the body's defenses against viral lung infections such as flu and the common cold.

Brewer's yeast is a source of B vitamins and protein.

Are there safety concerns?

Brewer's yeast seems POSSIBLY SAFE for most people when taken by mouth short-term. It can cause headache, stomach discomfort, and gas (flatulence).

Not enough is known about the safety of long-term use of brewer's yeast. Stick with short-term use.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking brewer's yeast by mouth if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Yeast allergy: People who are allergic or sensitive to yeast might experience itching and swelling.

Crohn's disease: Brewer's yeast can make Crohn's disease worse. Don't use brewer's yeast if you have Crohn's disease.

Diabetes: Taking brewer's yeast that contains chromium can lower blood sugar levels. If you have diabetes and take medications to lower your blood sugar, adding brewer's yeast might make your blood sugar drop too low. Monitor your blood sugar carefully.


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