In flakes, capsules, or powder, brewer’s yeast is a star of herbal medicine! It is a very effective natural probiotic to fight against small digestive hassles. But also to maintain its beauty.
Rich in vitamins (B1, B5, B8, and B9) and minerals, brewer’s yeast also contains trace elements, and provides proven benefits to the body. It is also very useful in the bathroom to make beauty.
Focus on brewer’s yeast
Known to our grandmothers, brewer’s yeast is sold in the form of flakes, tablets, or capsules, in organic or specialized stores. Composed of microscopic fungi, it is a beautiful and healthy asset to try.
How to choose the right yeast: live or inactive brewer’s yeast?
There are two kinds of brewer’s yeast:
Active, living, or viable yeast
Active brewer’s yeast, which is the subject here, is obtained through its culture in the laboratory. It is specially raised for therapeutic purposes and dried at temperatures that do not exceed 40°C in order to retain all of its probiotic properties.
It is these non-pathogenic micro-organisms that digest the sugar and starch in cereals, creating an environment rich in proteins and vitamins.
It is the yeast that the alcoholic beverages called beer contain. Its microscopic fungi have been destroyed by drying at high temperatures. It does not have the same properties as yeast obtained in laboratories.
It still contains vitamins, minerals, and amino acids but no longer has probiotic activity. This is called inactive brewer’s yeast.
The health benefits of brewer’s yeast
Nutrition: proteins represent 50 to 60% of the weight of the yeast which is also very rich in minerals and trace elements: calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, iron, copper, potassium… Brewer’s yeast contains 17 vitamins, in particular B and E, as well as 14 types of mineral salts.
- B1 or thiamine (20 mg per 100 g)
- B2 or riboflavin
- B5 or pantothenic acid
- B8 or biotin
- B9 or folic acid
Used to fight against fatigue and overwork, yeast strengthens the immune system and fights infections.
Brewer’s yeast also helps digestion and regenerates intestinal flora. It is also very effective against skin, hair, and nail problems as we will see.
Brewer’s yeast and beauty
Brewer’s yeast is an essential ally for the beauty of skin, hair, or nails.
Brewer’s yeast for the beauty of the skin
Associated with other elements such as carrots, for example, brewer’s yeast protects the skin against ultraviolet rays.
Thanks to the massive presence of B vitamins and mineral salts, it fights against acne and boils. It also gives shine and helps regulate sebum production.
How to take advantage of the benefits of brewer’s yeast for the skin?
Take advantage of our two easy-to-make and very effective brewer’s yeast mask recipes
- Mix 3 or 4 teaspoons of brewer’s yeast with a little water to obtain a smooth paste.
- Apply this paste to the face.
- Leave for 5 minutes and rinse with clear water.
The skin is replenished and well-rehydrated thanks to the yeast.
The purifying recipe
Brewer’s yeast regulates sebum, purifies pores, and rebalances the skin’s hydration. To make a purifying beer yeast mask:
- Mix 2 tablespoons of brewer’s yeast with a little rose water and a few drops of evening primrose oil.
- Once the paste is obtained, apply it to the face and neck in thick layers.
- Leave on for 20 minutes.
This mask is suitable for all skin types.
Brewer’s yeast for hair
Taking brewer’s yeast tablets promotes shine and regrowth of hair by strengthening it and making it more supple and silky.
Indeed, brewer’s yeast promotes the synthesis of keratin, which constitutes 95% of the hair fiber. This is why yeast can be used on hair that is too fine, brittle, or dull, but also to fight against hair loss or slow down bleaching.
Brewer’s yeast for nails
No more soft nails or brittle nails that split! Brewer’s yeast acts for the hair on the regrowth of the nails and strengthens them. After several weeks of use, the nails become more resistant.
Yeast, your “special flat stomach” ally
Ideal for fighting bloating due to lazy intestines, brewer’s yeast helps the body eliminate toxins and stimulates the intestinal flora (which is not the case for the so-called inactive yeast found in beer! ).
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