Canada Has Developed A Beer Sports Drink

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If beer as a sports drink seems too good to be true, then get out of here, you naysayer, we don’t need your kind. Canadian company Vampt will be marketing “Recovery Ale” Lean Machine later this year, and according to science, that’s not as bad an idea as it sounds.

With only 77 calories and 0.5 percent alcohol volume, gluten-free Lean Machine sounds almost weak enough to drink during a workout–although with nutrients, antioxidants, and electrolytes, it’s designed to help athletes who also like to get their drank on recover from exercise with a cold brew.

Says Vampt Founder Ian Toews “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.”

Lean Machine also sounds like it would be helpful the morning after an aggressive night of imbibing non-electrolyte infused drinks.

If the Canadian athletic success in Sochi isn’t enough incentive for you to preorder Lean Machine (a 24 pack will cost you 150 loonies, but you’ll also get some swag), NPR suggests that legit science from a study published last December in the International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism will make you want to get sports crunk.

Author of the paper and sports nutritionist Ben Dresdow writes that,

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.

Polyphenols are found in plants and believed to have antioxidant and anti inflammatory properties that boost your immune system. Says NPR,

A 2011 in Germany suggested that polyphenols in beer may be especially useful for those who go through prolonged strenuous exercise, which tends to lower the body’s immune function.

Recovery Ale is currently undergoing testing with Canadian consumers, and Towes is confident that there will be a market for the drink. “Canadians know what a good beer is,” he says.

Towes, there are two proud Canucks on the Geekosystem crew. We’d love to test Lean Machine out for you–provided not too much exercise is required.


(via NPR, image via Lean Machine)

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