In countries like the Czech Republic, beer is so widespread from a cultural point of view that, on average, each citizen consumes 143 liters annually. Since its conception in ancient Mesopotamia (3100 BC), this alcoholic beverage has accompanied human beings in celebrations, meetings, meals and many other social contexts throughout history.
Beyond the concoction resulting from the fermentation of barley grains with yeasts, there are other products related to beer but whose uses vary drastically with respect to the drink. This is the example of brewer's yeast, since its consumption and administration for therapeutic purposes are clearly on the rise. Today we tell you everything you need to know about it.
What is a brewer's yeast?
Before addressing the properties of the compound, it is of essential importance that we know the agent that produces it. In this case we are dealing with Saccharomyces boulardii, a strain of the well-known common beer yeast, that is, Saccharomyces cereviseae. It is a single-celled fungus that, despite being closely related to beer yeast, has taxonomic, metabolic, and genetic characteristics that are sufficiently different to split from it.
Even so, the supplements that concern us here are known by the general population as "brewer's yeast", since making a distinction by spinning so fine can lead to more confusion than relevant information. It has been shown, through scientific studies, that Saccharomyces boulardii is a probiotic microorganism, that is, that it helps to restore the intestinal flora.
Properties and benefits
We are going to expand on this point, because you have to be very careful with general statements and what you are trying to sell us as consumers. Based on the US National Library of Medicine and The Comprehensive Natural Drug Database (TRC), we're going to show you what brewer's yeast can and can't do. Let's go there.
First of all, we are not denying the efficacy of brewer's yeast against these diseases but, of course, there is not enough scientific evidence to make a resounding statement on the subject. This supplement has not been shown to help against amoeba infections, cholera, Crohn's disease, cystic fibrosis, heart failure, high cholesterol levels, irritable bowel syndrome, jaundice, colitis, and many other conditions.
Although in some of these cases (such as Crohn's or irritable bowel syndrome) it has been observed in preliminary research that it improves the lives of patients in a relative way in conjunction with certain drugs, it is certainly not a solution miraculous by itself.
We increase in this "scale of efficacy", since it seems that brewer's yeast can help in acne processes, diarrhea associated with taking antibiotics, diarrhea caused by bacteria and against the infection of the Helycobacter pylori bacteria. While research has confirmed the efficacy of these supplements, it is a fact that accessory antibiotics and other additional drugs are required to combat the disease in question. Of course, beer yeast alone does not cure diseases.
By having vitamin B in a confirmed form, this supplement is also considered as a good revitalizer of the hair and nails, as well as a possible solution as a treatment for acne.