Bring out the bubbly. It’s an occasion for celebration.
And this time, we’re toasting to what’s actually in our glasses — the Champagne itself.
According to a Reading Univesity 2013 study that has resurfaced to great pomp and circumstance on social media, drinking three glasses of Champagne a week could help prevent memory loss and protect your brain from diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia.
The study authors observed that specific wine grapes that are used when producing Champagne, have high levels of phenolics. This little ingredient helps modulate certain brain signals in the parts that affect learning and memory.
“Our research shows that Champagne, which lacks flavonoids, is also capable of influencing brain function through the actions of smaller phenolic compounds, previously thought to lack biological activity,” stated Jeremy Spencer, the studies Author, who is a professor of nutritional sciences at the University of Reading, said in a press release when the study first was released.
“We encourage a responsible approach to alcohol consumption, and our results suggest that a very low intake of one to two glasses a week can be effective.” he added.
Thanks to the unavoidable ageing process, a number of important proteins within the brain simply start to waste away, thanks to a variety of reasons. The compounds discovered in this study, however, have shown to help restore these proteins to similar levels as when you are younger. This means a lot for people with dementia or Alzheimer’s, of course.
However, it’s important to note that this study wasn’t actually conducted on people, but rather animals. I reckon we just gloss over that though, and open a bottle of your favourite champagne right now.
The study also doesn’t mention how the other ingredients in the sparkling wine — sugar, for example — that could negatively affect our health.
So, until the researchers can translate these findings into humans, maybe don’t go overboard with the champers. Oh, and you can also get polyphenols from other foods, like blueberries and cocoa.
Maybe chocolate, blueberries and a glass of sparkles is a great daily tonic, afterall?