What is Brewers Yeast?
Brewers Yeast is produced by a single cell organism that is the driving force behind beer production. Its traditional use is in the production of bread and alcohol, and it has a distinctive bitter taste.
However, Brewers Yeast is often used as a dietary supplement for human consumption and can supposedly offer a range of health benefits. In addition to this, Brewers Yeast does provide some minor nutritional value. Brewers Yeast has seen increased use in dog food as a supplement to kibble. This inclusion is similar to the introduction of other beneficial ingredients like Alfalfa.
Health Benefits Of Brewers Yeast
Brewers Yeast is particularly rich in B Vitamins such as Vitamin B3, B6, and B9. These B Vitamins can promote healthy skin, hair, eyes and improve a dogs liver function. Some people also believe that high levels of B Vitamins can reduce Anxiety in dogs which is a growing problem. The other treatment for anxiety is medication which many dogs owners are reluctant to adopt.
However, it is important to note that Brewers Yeast does not contain Vitamin B12 and as a consequence, it sometimes added to Brewers Yeast or dog food as an additional supplement.
B vitamins aren’t the only thing present in Brewers Yeast. It is also high in a number of minerals such as Selenium, Chromium, Zinc, Potassium, and Iron. These minerals are necessary for many bodily functions and processes.
Some examples of benefits from these minerals could be Iron which is used in the production of red blood cells, Zinc which is essential to maintain a healthy immune system, and Chromium which can influence blood sugar levels.
Risks of Brewers Yeast
Brewers Yeast can cause some dogs digestion issues such as additional gas or Bloat. While this will only have minor consequences to most dogs, if you own a dog that already has problems with its digestion or you own a dog breed that is prone to Bloat or other pressing issues, then it may be ill-advised to feed them a diet high in Brewers Yeast.
Brewers Yeast can also interfere with certain medicines that some dogs take. If your dog is being prescribed medication, it is vitally important that you let your vet know what your dog is consuming, especially if it includes Brewers Yeast within a dog food recipe or as a dietary supplement. While the tiny amount in most dog recipes is unlikely to interfere significantly, it is crucial your vet is fully informed.
Can Brewers Yeast Repel Ticks and Fleas?
There is some evidence to show that Brewers Yeast, alongside Garlic and Oils, can help repel pests like Ticks and Fleas. While this evidence to support this claim is relatively limited, it should not be ignored entirely.
Brewers Yeast does offer a “natural” remedy to Fleas and Ticks, and with the safety and risks of other Flea repellents often being brought into question it should at least be considered. However, if your dog has a severe outbreak of fleas or other pests, we strongly recommend you visit a vet to seek medical attention and not rely on remedies like Brewers Yeast.
Dog Food Brands That Use Brewers Yeast
Why other brands that we haven’t mentioned choose not to use Brewers Yeast is unclear. Some formulas are overloaded with potential supplements, and beneficial ingredients and the manufacturers may have decided not to include Brewers Yeast to avoid overloading the ingredient list. Other’s may be concerned by the gas or bloat it could cause.