Brewer’s yeast is a type of fungus that is very beneficial to your health. Many people hear the word “fungus” and squirm, but if you love mushrooms, which is also a form of fungus, then you know how many nutrients it has. The good thing about Brewer’s yeast is that you can find it in powder form and add it to just about anything, so you don’t have to worry about eating anything slimy.
What is Brewer’s Yeast Good For?
Brewer’s yeast in addition to being a fungus is also a probiotic –also known as “good bacteria”–which helps break down and digest food. This means we get a healthier intestinal flora, so it prevents us from suffering from stomach problems. Plus, it is thought to strengthen the gut’s mucous membrane to keep out infection.
But not only does this yeast regulate our digestive system, it also regulates our blood sugar. Diabetes is one of the most reported conditions in the Latino community and brewer’s yeast can help lower blood sugar levels. One of the main components of this probiotic is chromium, which can help reduce the glucose levels in the bloodstream.
It can also help control and lower LDL, or “bad” cholesterol levels. Another component of this yeast is a fiber type called beta glucans, which is in charge of eliminating LDL and raising HDL or “good cholesterol”. This is good news for those at risk of for heart disease.