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Is Nonalcoholic Beer an Effective Recovery Drink?

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  • Germany’s success in the 2018 Winter Olympics — tying for first with Norway with 14 gold medals and taking second place overall with a total medal count of 31 — has some speculating about the role nonalcoholic beer may have played as a “sports drink”
  • Studies show alcohol-free beer fights inflammation and reduces upper respiratory tract infections in athletes participating in intense training and competitions
  • While some believe the plant-based polyphenols in beer make it a healthier postworkout choice than commercial sports drinks, many beers contain toxic ingredients such as GE corn, corn syrup and high fructose corn syrup, caramel coloring and propylene glycol
  • In my opinion, the best rehydration beverages are pure, clean water for shorter periods of moderate exercise and coconut water for lengthy strenuous workouts and competitions

By Dr. Mercola

Is it possible nonalcoholic beer was partly responsible for Germany’s success in the 2018 Winter Olympics? According to German ski team doctor Johannes Scherr, the answer is a resounding yes. Scherr says nearly all of his athletes drink nonalcoholic beer during training and some continued drinking it as a recovery beverage during the Winter Games. Research conducted by Scherr and others show alcohol-free beer fights inflammation and reduces upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs).


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