The holidays may be over, but don’t set that champagne flute down just yet. Scientists at Reading University in Berkshire, England believe that drinking three glasses of champagne per week may help to prevent the onset of degenerative brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Research findings suggest that the Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes used to make champagne may contain phenolic compounds that boost spatial and short-term memory and improve overall cognitive functioning. The compounds appear to slow down the depletion of the proteins associated with efficient memory storage, thereby decelerating cognitive decline.
Champagne contains significantly higher levels of these beneficial phenolic compounds than white wine. Primarily derived from two red grapes, this comes as no surprise. Red wine has also been found to have a positive influence on cognitive functioning, though its effects are attributed to flavonoids rather than phenolic compounds.
So far, research has been conducted on rats, but the scientists responsible say results have been dramatic. They are enthusiastic about the findings and hope to extend the study to humans in the near future.
Alzheimer’s prevention is only one of the health benefits of champagne. Moderate champagne consumption has also been linked to heart health, enhanced mood, and decreased risk for diabetes.