Similar to the vitamins already discussed in Show & Tell’s Brewer’s Yeast series, brewer’s yeast is also a natural source of minerals. Unlike vitamins, which are considered organic in that they are made by plants and animals, minerals are considered inorganic.
Minerals are also separated into two categories; macro and trace. Macrominerals are needed in larger amounts versus trace minerals, which are only required in small amounts. Brewer’s yeast is a source of calcium, phosphorus and potassium, all of which are considered macrominerals. Trace minerals found in Emmert’s brewer’s yeast include copper, zinc and selenium.
Similar to vitamins, minerals are also important for immunity, growth and development. The macrominerals calcium and phosphorus both play an important role in teeth and bone growth, strength and development, while potassium helps keep the muscles and nervous system functioning properly.
Trace minerals each have their own functions as well. Copper functions to keep blood vessels, nerves and the immune system healthy, and zinc also aids the immune system and wound healing. Selenium is also a trace mineral and functions as an antioxidant and plays a role in thyroid function.
This post briefly discusses select minerals in relation to Emmert’s products and brewer’s yeast. More information about minerals and their functions can be found online. Below are a few links if you are interested in learning more about macro and trace minerals:
The opinions of Dr. Angela Mays are not necessarily those of The F.L. Emmert Company or ShowBloom.