Cheers! The Surprising Health Benefits Of Champagne

A couple attending a New Year's Eve partyIf you’re planning to make a champagne toast this New Year, great your brain will thank you later! As Drake suggested, a “24-hour champagne diet” might not be a half-bad idea!

According to Wine Spectator, recent research has suggested that drinking champagne offers surprising cognitive benefits: the study found that 1-2 glasses of champagne a week can help ward off age-related memory loss, as well as the onset of dementia and other degenerative brain disorders.

Reading University conducted a study in 2013, which revealed that drinking 3 glasses of champagne per week can help prevent memory loss and delay the onset of diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s.

“Daily supplementation with a low-to-moderate dose of champagne for six weeks led to an improvement in memory,” the study’s lead author, Dr. Giulia Corona, said “indicating phenolic compounds in champagne may interact directly with nerve cells, improve the communication between cells and encourage nerves that carry electrical signals in the brain to regenerate.”

But how does it work?

Champagne is made with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes. Both are packed with phenolics, which help regulate signals in the cortex and hippocampus. These areas of the brain are connected with learning and memory.

As you age, proteins in your cortex and hippocampus start to diminish. However, the compounds found in champagne can help bring back these protein levels to normal. This is especially true if you have dementia or Alzheimer’s!
So whether you’re out celebrating with friends or cuddled up with your loved ones this New Year’s Eve, make sure you make a toast to good health!

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