Earlier this year, a team of researchers at Lanzhou University published a study claiming that people who regularly drink beer might be better able to ward off the progression of neurological diseases.
Now, it looks like lovers of Moët and Ace of Spades have a reason to celebrate: Scientists at the University of Reading found that “drinking one to three glasses of champagne a week may counteract the memory loss associated with ageing, and could help delay the onset of degenerative brain disorders, such as dementia.”
Researchers found that compounds in Champagne were found to favorably alter a number of proteins linked to the effective storage of memories in the brain. Basically, bubbly slows down the depletion of proteins that make memory storage less efficient.
Jeremy Spencer, a professor in the Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Reading, explains the importance of the researchers’ findings,
“These exciting results illustrate for the first time that the moderate consumption of champagne has the potential to influence cognitive functioning, such as memory. Such observations have previously been reported with red wine, through the actions of flavonoids contained within it.
However, 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. 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.“
So the next time you’re popping bottles in the club, know that you’re simply helping to prevent cognitive losses.