Brewer’s yeast, the one-celled fungus called Saccharomyces cerevisiaeis, is one of the most important ingredients in brewing beer. It’s responsible for metabolic processes that produce ethanol, carbon dioxide, and a whole range of other metabolic byproducts that contribute to the flavor and finish of beer. It’s also responsible for the happiness and satisfaction it brings to the beer drinking community.
Some studies have found that brewer’s yeast may improve acne. How can we relate it with acne? Actually, when we consume more sugar, we need more chromium as chromium controls blood sugar level. Studies show that people with unstable blood sugar level have more severe acne and when these patients are treated with 400 micro grams of chromium in the form of yeast, their skin improves. It also maintains the skin with a healthy pH 5 level. Brewer’s yeast is a rich source of minerals: Chromium, the essential trace mineral that helps the body maintain normal blood sugar levels; protein; B-complex vitamins, and selenium which helps the body make antioxidant enzymes and helps prevent cell damage. “The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods,” concluded some 80 percent of subjects given brewer’s yeast for five months showed either marked improvement in acne symptoms or were completely healed.
Be advised that there are some side effects associated with excess use of brewer’s yeast
- Trouble in breathing, skin becoming itchy, swollen or having a rash.
- Migraine like headaches can occur
- complain of excessive gas and bloating.
Some people have allergies to yeast. Certain medications may interact with brewer’s yeast and it is recommended that you discuss the use of brewer’s yeast and your current medication(s) with your doctor or pharmacist or conduct some research of your own and see if this is an alternative to the prescription medications that can ultimately cause more harm to your body in the long run.
Brewer’s yeast is available in several forms. It comes in flakes, as a powder, tablet and in liquid forms. Taking 1 – 2 Tbsp of brewer’s yeast after meals is recommended in order to help your body process the sugar in the food you just ate.
So ladies and gents, don’t rush to your refrigerators and start pouring beer on your face, although it makes for a fun way of ridding your Frigidaire of any and all NON-CRAFT paraphernalia… you know what yellow water I’m talking about. I would on the other hand encourage you to make brewer’s yeast and craft beer part of your beauty regime! Rejuvenate your skin, the crafty way!