In 2015, an estimated 5.3 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer’s disease. Currently, one in eight people over the age of 65 in the United States have Alzheimer’s disease and nearly 50% over the age of 85.
These facts although scary are not surprising! With all the pills, chemicals, and toxins being shoved in our faces now a days it really is no surprise; but recent studies have surfaced suggesting that 1-3 glasses of champagne a week could help prevent dementia!
A study conducted at the University of Reading found that drinking 3 glasses of champagne a week can protect your brain from dementia and even prevent memory loss. The study, which was conducted on rodents, found that phenolic compounds in champagne improved spatial memory, which records information about the environment and then store the information for future needs.
Three groups of eight rats were each given six weeks of daily champagne, a non-champagne alcoholic drink, or an alcohol-free drink. Their performances at finding treats in a maze were assessed before and after this period.
The main finding was that rats given champagne were better at remembering how to find the treat than those given the alcohol-free drink.
Researchers have attributed the brain boosting benefits of champagne to phenolic compounds found in the two red grape types used to produce the alcohol. Red wine has been shown to have similar brain boosting benefits but those are thought to come from flavonoids in the wine.
“Champagne, which lacks flavonoids, is also capable of influencing brain function through the actions of smaller phenolic compounds, previously thought to lack biological activity.”
But, it is important to remember that while champagne and other types of alcohol may have brain-boosting benefits, doctors and researchers are hesitant to use them as an Alzheimer’s preventative.
“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.”