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Pop the cork! Champagne is good for your brain

Scientists discovered that drinking champagne may actually assist brain health.
Scientists discovered that drinking champagne may actually assist brain health. Geoff Potter

NEXT time you pop the cork on a bottle of champagne you needn't be as concerned about the impact on your health, after scientists discovered the effervescent drink may actually assist brain health.

A study conducted by the University of Reading, in the UK, in 2013 has recently resurfaced on social media, and it's surprising conclusion was that drinking a couple of glasses of champagne each week could protect your brain from memory loss and even degenerative brain disorders like dementia.

The study, which admittedly was conducted on rodents, found  the phenolic compounds in champagne support proteins linked to storing memories and therefore could improve spatial memory, which records information about the environment and then stores the information for future needs.

These proteins diminish as you age but, according to the study, champagne was shown to slow that process and delay or prevent cognitive issues associated with getting old.

The study highlighted two red specific grapes used in the production of champagne, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, as the source of the phenolic compounds. 

Professor Jeremy Spencer, from the University of Reading's Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences, said at the time: "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."

Previous research from the University of Reading revealed that two glasses of champagne a day may be good for your heart and circulation and could reduce the risks of suffering from cardiovascular disease and stroke.

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