Cholesterol and Brewers Yeast

Brewers yeast may help raise good cholesterol (HDL) and lower bad cholesterol (LDL). Although there are no conclusive studies, researchers believe that the effect on cholesterol may be due to the chromium found in brewers yeast. The usual recommended daily dosage is 1 to 2 tbsp a day and can be taken in powder, tablet, or flake forms. Brewers yeast often causes an increase in gas and bloating, which can be prevented by starting with a smaller dose and working up to the prescribed dose.

Fast Facts:

  • Brewers yeast is an important component in the making of beer as well as a by-product of beer production.
  • Brewers yeast is different from nutritional yeast, bakers yeast, or torula yeast due to its significantly higher chromium levels.
  • Brewers yeast is used to treat a variety of conditions including nervousness, eczema, fatigue, and constipation.
  • Brewers yeast is a common preventative therapy for traveler's diarrhea and antibiotic-induced diarrhea.