A study presented in Brussels shows that moderate consumption of beer after physical exercise is as effective as water for re-hydration and recovery, according to medical experts have claimed.
This is one of the conclusions presented in the? VI European Symposium on Beer and Health?, Where specialists have participated in the EU in medicine, nutrition and feeding, including several Spanish.
Dr. Manuel Castillo, University of Granada, presented the results of a study carried out with a group of young men, and consisted of measuring the body’s reaction to the ingestion of water or beer after strenuous physical exertion.
“We conducted the study to see if the widespread custom of taking a beer after exercise was something desirable or not,” Castillo told the media after his speech.
The conclusion was that a moderate amount of beer (specifically, two “thirds” or bottles) “is not a problem that impedes the rehydration that occurs after exercise.”
In this sense, the beer would be “just like if we took water,” and recommended the consumption of fermented drink to all those who have no contraindications.
“We did not find neither a specific nor a negative effect could be attributed to the intake of beer compared with only water intake,” said Castillo.
Also, the doctor noted that during the lectures will be presented another study that ruled out that there is “no relationship” between beer consumption and the tendency to develop “beer belly”.
Dr. Ramon Estruch, Hospital Clinic of Barcelona, explains his results from several studies showing that moderate consumption of beer “helps prevent stroke, thanks to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects of the arteries.”
It also provides protection against cardiovascular risk factors such as diabetes, improved blood pressure and lipid profile, ie, lowers bad cholesterol and increase good, or the parameters of inflammation caused by atherosclerosis.
The alcohol in beer “has some positive effects,” which are multiplied together to nonalcoholic components such as poly-phenols.
The doctor said that currently are conducting research to determine whether the benefits of beer with alcohol on healthy people are greater than those of “no” beer , but take note that there is reason to think that the former drinker has some positive effects .
In any case, Estruch stressed the importance of “Beer is consumed in a healthy eating pattern, and particularly of the Mediterranean diet.”
Dr. Maria Teresa Fernandez Aguilar, Health Agency of Valencia, said the beneficial effects of alcohol-free beer for nursing mothers.
The doctor and pediatrician referred to a study presented in August in Valencia, which showed that children breastfed by mothers who consumed two beers without alcohol while breastfeeding is less likely to suffer illnesses such as cancer and atherosclerosis, due to transmission antioxidant components of the beverage.
“The results surprised us ourselves,” said Fernandez, adding that “no” beer would be more advisable than other chemical-based soft drinks.