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, 2014 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, 2014 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, 2014 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? Jan 30, 2014 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, 2014 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. Feb 1, 2014 at 1:01

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