Cold-busting beer?

In a previous blog we provided a link to a German marathon study by “Be-MaGIC” that showed how alcohol-free beer (in this case the wheat/weiss beer Erdinger Alkoholfrei) promoted the health of athletes.

 

Why is this? Well, aside from alcohol-free beer being isotonic (containing similar amounts of salt and sugar as the human body) apparently it’s all down to polyphenols – immune boosting antioxidants produced in the brewing process. In the Be-MaGIC study they showed that the marathon runners who drunk alcohol-free beer had a stronger immune system and were up to three times less likely to develop a cold after the race!

 

Since it isn’t lawful to promote the health benefits of alcoholic beer, we haven’t heard much about this in the UK. However, German alcohol-free beers have been marketed as such for years. In fact, there are now apparently more than 400 types of alcohol-free beers in Germany – which consumes more alcohol-free beer than any country apart from Iran.

 

Fascinating stuff.

 

Now to be clear, these benefits do to a degree apply to all beer – but the presence of the alcohol negates any of the wins discussed here. You need to go alcohol-free to call beer healthy.

 

With our smart subscription service, you can start to experience some of the great alcohol-free beers on offer. Stock up on your polyphenols and your immune system will thank you!

 

Sources

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/19/sports/olympics/germany-olympics-beer.html

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3407993/

https://www.runnersworld.com/training/a20841414/the-lowdown-on-beer-polyphenols-and-runner-health/

http://www.bemagic-studie.de/downloads/pm_bemagic_110609_en.pdf