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Yeast Intolerance - symptoms

Often, the causes of an intolerance are not clear to find out. An intolerance occurs because the body is not able to digest certain components of yeast. Your body cannot absorb the yeast properly and therefore reacts with discomfort. 

If you suffer from yeast intolerance, the components are converted into breakdown products, which then cause the corresponding symptoms. Often this is due to an enzyme deficiency, which means that the body is not able to utilize them properly. 

The symptoms are often flatulence, indigestion and stomach cramps. In intolerance, the immune system is not involved. If you suffer from a yeast allergy, the immune system usually reacts to the protein contained in the yeast. 

To diagnose an intolerance or even an allergy, a test by a doctor is necessary. The doctor can either do a blood test on you or a prick test. A so-called percutaneous test will also tell you whether you are suffering from an allergy. 

Yeasts are the smallest fungi in the world. They consist of only one cell and are therefore also unicellular microorganisms. Yeasts are very versatile organisms. Not only can they be used in the production of food and as a remedy - they also serve science as a model object for human life. The fascinating reason: the yeast cell is amazingly similar to the human cell. In principle, the same reactions take place in the yeast cell as in the human organism. The yeast proteins are also very similar to human proteins. In addition, the genes of yeast have many things in common with the human genome. Medicine therefore uses yeast cells as ideal model organisms for genetic and cancer research as well as for understanding ageing processes.

What types of yeast are there?

  • Baker's yeast (also baker's yeast, brewer's yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae): a tubular fungus used in bread and beer products
  • other sugar yeasts (Saccharomyces, including bottom-fermenting species)
  • in a broader sense, all unicellular fungi that can reproduce asexually by budding or fission
  • in medical jargon, "yeasts" refers primarily to pathogenic Candida species (yeast fungi)