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Non-alcoholic wheat beer improves athletic health

/ Author:  / Reviewed by: Joseph V. Madia, MD

(RxWiki News) Non-alcoholic wheat beer may be the new go-to drink after a marathon. New research has shown that this beer could help athletes.

Usually after a marathon, runners can feel a little under the weather. Their bodies are probably having an immune reaction. Researchers have found that non-alcoholic wheat beer can help with those problems.

"Non-alcoholic wheat beer offers taste and health benefits."

The Department of Preventative and Rehabilitative Sports Medicine of the Technische Universitaet Muenchen at Klinikum rechts der Isar performed a study on athletes to determine the benefits of non-alcoholic wheat beer, specifically non-alcoholic Erdinger wheat beer.

There were 277 participants who were evaluated three weeks before and two weeks after the 2009 Munich Marathon. The participants were separated into two groups: the "active group" who drank non-alcoholic wheat beer and the placebo group.

Non-alcoholic wheat beer contains a number of polyphenols, vitamins and minerals. Polyphenols are a type of antioxidant found in plants, fruits, and legumes. They're known to promote health and have cancer-fighting properties.

The researchers found the beer-drinking group showed 20 percent less inflammatory reaction and a stronger immune system compared to the placebo group.

Non-alcoholic wheat beer also reduced the risks of getting a cold by one third. If a cold did occur, participants who drank the wheat beer recovered faster.

The polyphenols, vitamins and minerals found in this beer can help with the aftermath of intense physical activity. It's specifically brewed for people who want the good taste of wheat beer without the alcohol.


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June 10, 2011
Last Updated:
June 11, 2011