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Can Drinking Champagne Actually Help Prevent Alzheimers?

posted: 11/13/15
by: TLCme
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Good news, fans of bubbly stuff. It turns out that there may be an upside to your love of Champagne! A new study out of Reading University found that drinking three glasses of Champagne a week can improve your spatial memory and possibly help prevent Alzheimer's and dementia.

It turns out that there are compounds called phenolics in pinot noir and pinot meunier grapes that can potentially stave off brain disease. Compared to other white wines, Champagne has higher levels, which is why it's thought to be responsible for the beneficial effects sparkling wine has on the brain."This research is exciting because it illustrates for the first time that moderate consumption of champagne has the potential to influence cognitive functioning such as memory," said Professor Jeremy Spencer.

But that's not exactly an excuse to pop a bottle every night. So far, researchers have just tested their theories on rats, so until they can study the effects of drinking bubbly on the elderly, we'd recommend sticking to no more than a few glasses a week.

Reps for the Alzheimer's Society said that the research into the link between Champagne and brain diseases is "interesting" but feel that "a lot more research is needed." Still, drinking a glass or two on special occasions couldn't hurt, right?