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Champagne protects the brain from dementia

By Lynn Allison From Newsmax

28 December 2018, Hessen, Frankfurt/Main: Champagne glasses are placed in front of the display board with the Dax curve in the trading room of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. After the losses on the previous day, share prices rose again on the last trading day of the year. Overall, the German share index (DAX) has lost almost 20 percent since the beginning of the year. Photo by: Arne Dedert/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images

Here’s a good reason to make a toast: Researchers have found that a compound in grapes used to make champagne can improve spatial memory.

“The results were dramatic,” says Jeremy Spencer, a professor at the University of Reading in England and one of the investigators on the study’s research team.

“The compounds were found to favorably alter a number of proteins linked to the effective storage of memories in the brain.”

The researchers found that drinking three glasses of champagne weekly can protect the brain from dementia and prevent memory loss by restoring crucial proteins.

Spencer explains that when people age, the concentration of these proteins in the nervous system deteriorates. However, compounds called phenolics, like those in champagne, can replenish these resources.

“The research is exciting,” Spencer says, “because it illustrates for the first time that moderate consumption of champagne has the potential to influence cognitive function such as memory.”

Researchers attribute the brain-boosting benefits of champagne to phenolic compounds found in the two grapes used to product the alcohol. Red wine has been shown to have similar brain-boosting benefits but those are thought to come from the flavonoids in the wine.

Spencer says, “champagne, which lacks flavonoids, is also capable of influencing brain function through the actions of smaller phenolic compounds, previously thought to lack biological activity.”

It’s important to note that the research was conducted in rats, not humans, so experts advise proceeding with caution because rats and humans are considerably different when it comes to brain chemistry.

It’s also important to note that researchers used the pinot noir and pinot meunier grapes that come from the Champagne region of France. Champagne may have more health benefits than other sparkling wines like prosecco or domestic bubbly, according to Healthy Eating.

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