How Microorganisms in Beer Help the Body
In this health video you will learn how microorganisms in beer help the body.
Raena Morgan: We’re talking with Dr. Larry Robinson. He’s the vice president of
scientific affairs at Embria Health Sciences in Ankeny, Iowa. We’re
talking about EpiCor, Dr. Robinson. It’s made from yeast, and how does
yeast affect the body?
Dr. Larry Robinson: Well, it all depends on what the yeast is. I mean, if you’re talking about
pathogenic yeast, like Candida which most people worry about, obviously
that’s very negative. But, what we’re talking about with EpiCor is simple
brewer’s yeast or baker’s yeast—scientifically known as saccharomyces
Raena Morgan: Oh, okay.
Dr. Larry Robinson: I mean, this is very beneficial yeast. People have been consuming this
particular type of baker’s yeast in bread, beer and wine for millennia. So,
it has a huge safety record and a lot of benefits for the body.
Raena Morgan: So, this has the same yeast in it as that beer—brewing beer has?
Dr. Larry Robinson: That’s correct.
Raena Morgan: So, then, would drinking beer be good for your health? Like—say it’s true.
Dr. Larry Robinson: Well, I like to think so. I think that’s true. Certainly, it makes you feel
better temporarily. In fact, it probably does have some very good health
benefits. You know, beer—especially dark beer—is known to have a very
high antioxidant capacity.
Raena Morgan: Really?
Dr. Larry Robinson: The hopps in the beer, which make it bitter—if you like bitter beer, is also
very good for you. In fact, people have been consuming fermented
products, again, for millennia and it’s likely that people didn’t get allergies
or get as sick as much in the early days because they were exposed to the
good microorganisms, if you would. Like the baker’s yeast and
fermentation products that the baker’s yeast makes. So, in effect, they
were being exposed to these types of chemicals and compounds for
millennia and so beer is probably good. I don’t recommend drinking beer
every day to get your nutritional supplements. But certainly I don’t see
anything wrong with having a beer.
Raena Morgan: Okay. Will that apply to wine or any of the other products that you
Dr. Larry Robinson: Again, there are a lot of really good things in wine. For example, they
found a chemical called transresveratrol, which is a very good antioxidant
in red wine. But, you don’t want to be drinking wine all day because it has
negative health benefits, too, obviously. So, if you can take the good
benefits to the fermentation and not take the bad—
Raena Morgan: The negatives.
Dr. Larry Robinson: The negatives and the excessive alcohol, then you’re much better off.
Raena Morgan: Okay and EpiCor can help solve that problem, too.
Dr. Larry Robinson: Absolutely because EpiCor is based in a yeast—baker’s yeast or brewer’s
yeast fermentation—but we’ve improved so that it even has better immune
balancing properties. We’ve looked at the immune-enhancing aspects of
yeast fermentations, and we’ve got it down to really a fine art now in this
proprietary process where the end product—which has the backer’s or
brewer’s yeast as well as these fermentation products, these good things
that all these fermentations make—we’ve optimized that for the immune
system and that’s what EpiCor is.
Raena Morgan: And you don’t have to get intoxicated.
Dr. Larry Robinson: You don’t have to get intoxicated. You can if you wish, but you certainly
don’t need to and you won’t get intoxicated from EpiCor.
Raena Morgan: Okay, thank you, Dr. Robinson.
Dr. Larry Robinson: You’re welcome.
How Microorganisms in Beer Help the Body
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