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    Brewer’s Yeast

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    Brewer’s Yeast

    What is it?

    Brewer's yeast is a kind of yeast that is a by-product of brewing beer. Dietary supplements containing brewer's yeast often contain non-living, dried yeast. People use brewer’s yeast to make medicine.

    Key Information

    • Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) - Taking a specific brewer’s yeast preparation (Sillix Donna by Giuliani) that also contains vitamins and minerals by mouthmight decrease symptoms of PMS.
    • Swelling of the colon (colitis) due to the bacteria Clostridium difficile. There is a report that taking brewer's yeast by mouth for 4 months along with vancomycinfor 30 days may help treat colitis caused by the bacteria Clostridium difficile and prevent r
    • Diabetes - Early research suggests that taking brewer’s yeast containing chromium by mouth for 8 weeks can reduce blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. It may also reduce the need to use certain diabetes medications.

    More Information

    Due to the chromium content of brewer's yeast, there is interest in using it for loweringblood 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.


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