Bring on the Bubbly: Champagne May Boost the Brain
Now here’s something I never thought I’d see in an academic journal: a study touting the memory-enhancing benefits of drinking champagne. But scientists in Britain recently published a study that shows that compounds in champagne can help with spatial memory and navigation.
This is interesting news because research has previously shown that there are brain-boosting antioxidants called flavonoids found in red wine and dark berries – but not in champagne or other white wines. The compounds that the researchers found in the champagne were reported to be “smaller” than red wine flavanoids and “previously thought to lack biological activity.” Not so, say research team members, who noted that low to moderate daily champagne consumption seemed to improve communication between brain cells and boost the electrical signals.
Co-author of the study Jeremy Spencer believes the magic number is around one to two glasses of champagne per week, so you won’t need to pop too many corks to try this recommendation. You can check out the abstract of the study here.
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