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I have heard from many people that beer helps to improve muscles. Generally one way to improve muscle is by exercise (maybe dance, gym, games). As far as I know, beer (alcohol) is a diuretic, which makes kidney produce more urine, so drinking beer too much can lead to dehydration. So the combination of beer and exercise (sweating) would lead to a worse condition.

So my question's are:

  • Does it really help to improve muscle?
  • If it does, then how? And when should it can be taken? Before or after exercise?
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    It improves only the beer muscle. – Jack Jan 29 '14 at 13:29
  • This is off topic. While it uses beer in the question, it would be better suited in physical fitness or nutrition stack exchanges. Unfortunately I cannot vote to close because the only redirect is to homebrewing. – BryceH Jan 30 '14 at 1:13
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    @Grohlier use "this question does not appear to be about beer" don't let lack of options stop you from casting the vote. – wax eagle Jan 30 '14 at 1:22
  • While this question would probably be on-topic for a health/fitness site, it is probably also on-topic here. Do we actually gain anything by trying to close it? – James Henstridge Jan 30 '14 at 2:22
  • @JamesHenstridge tbh the whole line of "does beer really do X" doesn't seem like something an expert would be interested in. – wax eagle Jan 30 '14 at 4:04
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There was a study at the University of Tokushima that showed beer containing flavaprenin (8-Prenylnaringenin), which is found in hops, limited muscle atrophy in debilitated lab mice. The idea that humans could have benefits of flavaprenin through drinking beer is not quite right, as you would die from alcohol poisoning before you would see the benefits.

if you are interested here is a non-technical article on the topic: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2208966/Beer-help-strong-old-age--youd-need-drink-83-litres-A-DAY.html

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    Welcome, @CryptcWriter! Thanks for your contribution. – Andrew Cheong Feb 1 '14 at 1:01

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