There are so many proposed ways to improve brain health, especially as we age and one of which is to drink champagne. According to a study in 2013 performed by the University of Reading, champagne – specifically three glasses of the drink every week – can prevent both dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
The study was conducted on mice and it was discovered that phenolic compounds in the drink can enhance the rodent’s spatial memory. This type of memory is the one responsible for recording information about the surroundings and then keeps it there for the future when it may be required.
How Champagne Helps Our Memory
The ability of the bubbly beverage to help retain our memory is through the phenolic compounds, which is actually found in black grapes that are used to make champagne. The “super grapes” are Pinot noir and Pinot meunier grapes, which are said to have the capacity to prevent brain diseases before they get worse.
The discovery is exciting for both scientists and those who are at risk of developing Alzheimer’s and dementia. Moderate consumption of champagne or three glasses every week may have the potential to boost our cognitive functioning, including memory.
This finding is actually similar to the study that solidified the evidence that red wine is healthy, but instead of phenolic compounds, this alcoholic drink contains flavonoids. Champagne, on the other hand, lacks flavonoids. Nevertheless, the bubbly drink can influence the brain through the actions of the tinier phenolic compounds.
Are You at Risk?
There are early signs of dementia and Alzheimer’s that you should take note of, including:
- Difficulty remembering details
- Impairments in focus, reasoning, communication, and language
- Short-term memory problems
- Difficulty finding ways to express oneself through words, such as using the right words
- Mood swings and a shift in personality
- Apathy or listlessness
- Unable to do normal tasks
- Finding following conversations or even simple TV programs as a struggle
- No sense of direction
- Being repetitive
- Unable to adapt to change
But before you start shopping for a bottle of champagne to help protect you from memory loss, doctors and researchers remind everyone to be cautious about drinking to prevent Alzheimer’s and dementia. There is still no hard evidence to prove that three glasses of champagne can combat the brain diseases, but this is a revelation most welcomed by people who may be at risk and those who have loved ones showing signs of the disease.