Brewer’s yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) characterize with a high content of group B vitamins, proteins, amino acids and minerals such as zinc, phosphorus, magnesium, selenium and chromium. Consequently, they exert positive effects on the appearance of the animals’ skin and coat, effective functioning of the nervous system, and are instrumental in regulating microbiological balance inside the gastrointestinal tract. In addition, Brewer’s yeast promotes propagation of beneficial microflora within the digestive tract. The yeast is a natural bioregulator promoting stabilization of the digestive tract, and the digestion processes in animals.
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The colour and the smell of yeast attest to their quality. Yeast may be of different appearance, e.g. from pale cream to dark brown. The most desirable colour is bright, as the dark one usually indicates improper thermal treatment. The smell of yeast should on no account be suggestive of any burnt-out odour, but should be clearly reminiscent either of the freshly baked bread or beer.
Caution: The yeast available in the grocery stores in the form of cubes, as well as the ones in the specialist brewers’ stores, are of the active variety, not suitable for dogs. Such yeast can actually prove harmful and account for an increased volume of intestinal gas, as well as cause indigestion.