By Charlie G ❘ 2007

Today I want to talk about another ally I’m using to cure my diabetes. Although brewer’s yeast (like other plants, herbs …) do not cure diabetes by itself, I consider it an important aid and support.

Brewer yeast

Brewer yeast

Brewer’s yeast is extracted from the fermentation of beer (as its name suggests), and has a bitter taste. It is a rich source of B vitamins, protein (providing all essential amino acids, so very suitable for vegetarian diets) and minerals, including a biologically active form of chromium known as Glucose Tolerance Factor (GTF). If the yeast that you buy do not have a bitter taste, it’s probably not real brewer’s yeast and therefore it doesn’t contain biologically active chromium.

It’s usually eaten in powder (I take it this way in salads and I love it!) alone, juices, yogurt, tablets or capsules. Described by Abderhalden as vegetable insulin, ie it stimulates the functioning of the pancreas.

Studies have shown health benefits in cases of diabetes (regulates blood sugar levels and increases insulin activity) and high cholesterol, and with any known side effects (though some are allergic to it). As the chromium content can enhance the effect of insulin and other drugs to reduce sugar, it can cause hypoglycemia, that’s why it’s recommended that diabetics take them under medical supervision. This is probably a good approach for those who have recently got diabetes or they are not well controlled.

My opinion is that if you’ve already got years with diabetes and have it more or less controlled, you are expert enough to decide to start taking brewer’s yeast and check in your sugar readings how your body is reacting, making appropriate adjustments of insulin if you need less (or more). If I didn’t do it this way, I could spend my life in the health center visiting my doctor, giving complete control over my life and my health. And that’s not what I want and therefore I don’t do it.

Brewer’s yeast can also help prevent the development of diabetes in individuals prone to it or with a family member with diabetes.

It’s also relatively easy to get (some supermarkets already sell it) and is not expensive.


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