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Can Beer Be An Effective Post-Workout Recovery Solution?

Can Beer Be An Effective Post-Workout Recovery Solution?


Vampt's Lean Machine Aims to Be A "Post Workout Recovery Ale"

Imagine finishing your daily five mile run and passing over those flavorless isotonic beverages and reaching for what you really want- an ice cold beer.

Well it looks like the people over at Vampt Beverages want to make that a realistic, healthy decision. They are launching Lean Machine, which is billed as a "post work out recovery ale".

Vampt founder Ian Toews says "We just thought that maybe we could do something that would support a drinker, make it still socially fun, and help them accomplish what needs to be accomplished after an aggressive workout".

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According to Vampt marketing materials, Lean Machine has 77 calories, 7 vitamins, and 7 grams protein, in addition to 2.3% alcohol content. It also has electrolytes, antioxidants, protein, zinc and L-Glutamine (for muscle recovery).

Worried about the dehydrating effects normally associated with beer? Well it looks like a recent study by  International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism has shown that changing the electrolyte content can weaken this characteristic.

Ben Desbrow, a sports nutritionist at Griffith University in Australia, says  "A properly formulated beer beverage is likely to do you no more harm than you are likely to get from a sports drink. In fact, it probably is likely to do you more good, because it's got a lot of these sort of natural compounds, like polyphenols, that are actually good for your health."

The low alcohol content is not without reason though, as alcohol has a direct on protein synthesis, a bodily function essential to repairing muscles after exercise.  Binge drinking after exercise can reduce the protein signaling molecules in the body by as much as 40 percent.

But the good news is that Lean Machine's low 2.3% alcohol by volume might only have a slight effect, but no concrete studies have been conducted, yet.

Lean Machine is currently undergoing taste tests in Canada. You can read more here on NPR.

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