Can Non-Alcoholic Beer Be Called Beer Cause It Boosts Athletes’ Health?
on 14/06/11 at 1:20 pmBooze News
The consumption of non-alcoholic weissbier, or wheat beer, has a positive effect on athletes’ health, according to a research study that gathered during the world’s largest study of marathons, “Be-MaGIC” (beer, marathons, genetics, inflammation and the cardiovascular system).
The study shows that after running a marathon race, athletes experience intensified inflammatory reactions. The immune system is thrown off balance and runners are much more likely to suffer from upper respiratory infections. This heightened susceptibility to illness following strenuous sport activity has been identified as an “open window.”
Furthermore it was shown that non-alcoholic wheat beer containing polyphenols has a positive, health promoting effect on the human body: inflammation parameters in the blood were significantly reduced, and there was a lower frequency of infection with milder symptoms.
The study focuses on the health risks for marathon runners and the potential positive effects of polyphenols. These aromatic compounds occur naturally in plants as pigment, flavor, or tannins, many of which have been credited with health-promoting and cancer-preventative properties.