Scientific: Not a herb [WikiPedia]
Also known as Faex medicinalis, medicinal yeast, Saccharomyces carlsbergensis, Saccharomyces uvarum, Saccharomyces cerevisiae.
Appearance: Brewer’s yeast is
made from different yeast (Saccharomyces) species. It’s collected during
the process of brewing beer. It can also be grown in a nutrient broth.
This can also change its mineral content.
Parts Used: Powder
Common Uses: It’s a good
source of protein. Protein makes up 52% of its weight. It’s also a good
source of B-complex vitamins. The mineral content of brewer’s yeast can
be controlled by adding minerals to the solution in which the yeast is
grown. Adding chromium increases the chromium content of the yeast.
Adding selenium increases its selenium content. Yeasts have been used
for centuries. They’ve been used to raise bread, brew beer, and make
wine and alcoholic drinks. Brewer’s yeast has been used as a supplement
of B vitamins. More recently, it’s been used as a supplement for
minerals. These include chromium and selenium.
Brewer’s yeast is a nutritional supplement and may
enhance energy levels and strengthen the immune system. It’s a rich
It is also a great source of B vitamins that provide:
Because it is rich in a variety of nutrients,
brewer’s yeast has several health benefits for fur kids. One of the most
notable benefits is related to the chromium content found in brewer’s
yeast. Chromium is a trace element that helps to maintain blood sugar
levels in the body. Brewer’s yeast is also rich in antioxidants which
can make your pet’s skin healthier and his coat shinier. If your dog
tends to suffer from itchy, dry skin, brewer’s yeast may be helpful.
This supplement can also help to reduce stress and to calm nerves due to
its high concentration of B-complex vitamins. Another benefit of
brewer’s yeast is that, if your pet receives daily supplements of
brewer’s yeast, it may help to repel biting insects like ticks and
fleas. However, even though Brewer’s yeast is a source of B vitamins but
it does not contain B-12. Inadequate amounts of B-12 can cause anemia,
so it’s important to make sure you have sources of B-12 in the diet.
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other plant matter, without the guidance of a qualified herbalist.
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