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Quest Vitamins LTD,
8 Venture Way,
Aston Science Park,
Birmingham,
B7 4AP.

Tel: 0121 359 0056
Fax: 0121 359 0313
Email: info@questvitamins.co.uk
Registered in England No. 2530437

Brewer's Yeast

DESCRIPTION

Derived from the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, brewer?s yeast was originally extracted from the top layer in beer vats. Brewer?s yeast is a rich source of important nutrients, including Niacin, Riboflavin, Pantothenic Acid, Thiamin, Pyridoxine, Folic Acid, para-amino benzoic acid (PABA), Biotin, Copper, Iron, and Amino Acids. It is not a complete source of B vitamins, as is commonly mistaken, for it does not contain vitamin B-12. Its nutritional content may vary due with different products and methods of storage. Brewer?s yeast may be a beneficial source of proteins for people following strict vegetarian diets.


SUGGESTED INTAKES

Tablets, 4-5 g daily.


SUPPLEMENTAL USES

Nutritional supplement:
Brewer?s yeast is a rich source of minerals, vitamins, Amino Acids, and nucleic acids. However, less expensive products available today are favoured over brewer?s yeast. Combined with cereal grains, Brewer?s yeast can be a valuable supplement for vegetarians. Combinations of Brewer?s yeast with the following may provide complete protein requirements, depending on the specific content of a product: peanuts, legumes, seeds, nuts, whole grains, corn, and green leafy vegetables.

Atherosclerosis:
Studies have found Chromium-enriched Brewer?s yeast to be effective for improving HDL (good) to LDL(bad) cholesterol ratios (1)

Brewer?s yeast is also recommended as a treatment for loss of appetite, Acne, and acute Diarrhoea (2).


SAFETY

Brewer?s yeast is regarded as generally non-toxic.

Some individuals may experience Migraine Headaches if they are sensitive to brewer?s yeast.


INTERACTIONS AND CONTRA-INDICATIONS

There are no known drug interactions or contra-indications for brewer?s yeast.

REFERENCES

1. Blumenthal, M (Ed.): The Complete German Commission E Monographs: Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines. American Botanical Council. Austin, TX. 1998.
2. Schellenberg, D et al: Treatment of Clostridium difficile Diarrhoea with brewer?s yeast. Lancet. 1994 Jan 15; 343(8890):171-2.

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