CAN BEER SPEED UP MARATHON RECOVERY?

  As reported by Markham Heid in Men’s Health magazine, a new study indicates that wheat beer reduces post-marathon muscle inflammation and respiratory illness.  Researchers had 277 marathoners to each drink 34 to 50 ounces of either non-alcoholic wheat beer or a placebo drink with the same amount of calories and carbs every day for 3 weeks leading up to last year’s Munich Marathon, and for two weeks following the race.
After the marathon, the researchers measured the participants’ muscle inflammation and tracked signs of respiratory illness.  The beer drinkers were more than three times less likely to experience upper-respiratory infection, and their markers for inflammation were 20 to 32 percent lower than the placebo group’s.
The runners should thank polyphenols, an antioxidant chemical found in many plants and fruits. Polyphenols can help fight a virus, regulate the immune system, and they help reduce inflammation and stress.  Beer has a lot of polyphenols.
Research shows that polyphenols can act as a more-effective substitute for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen, a drug that can also cause stomach upset.  Wheat beer contains many different types of polyphenols, might be the most effective, and regular, alcoholic wheat beer has double the polyphenols of non-alcoholic wheat beer. Fresh fruits, vegetables, whole wheat, and legumes also contain polyphenols.

 

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Jeff is a certified running, cycling, and triathlon coach, and is the author of "My First 100 Marathons" (Skyhorse Press 2008) and "Smart Marathon Training" (Velo Press 2011). An obviously addicted runner, Jeff has run at least one marathon in every state and on 6 continents, including marathons in South Africa, China, Bangkok, and Antarctica. Jeff is available for group, one-on-one, and virtual coaching. Options include: 1. Basic Training Plan. This includes a customized training schedule geared towards a goal race, with a detailed running schedule that would include all distances and target times for each workout, including speedwork, tempo, and endurance sessions. 2. Complete Fitness and Race Plan. This includes the plan listed above, plus the non-running workouts and drills that runners need for better overall fitness and performance. You would get strength & core workouts, as well as run-specific training drills and stretches. 3. Virtual Coaching. This includes all of the above, implemented on a week-by-week basis. We review each week's progress at week's end so that adjustments can be made. The program is tailored to suit you right up to race day. It involves more contact, on a weekly or even daily basis. 4. Full Coaching for athletes in the Washington DC area. All of the above, plus a weekly workout together including speedwork, drills, and strength training. 5. Individual track sessions. One-on-one track-based workouts. Contact Jeff for pricing.
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