You may have heard of the many health benefits of moderate red wine consumption. According to a body of research, the flavonoids in the drink can prevent cardiac and mental decline, and aid your health in other ways too.
But now new research shows vino isn’t the only 21 and over drink that’s good for you. According to scientists at the University of Reading in Great Britain, the phenolic compounds found in Champagne can improve spatial memory, which plays a role in recording information and navigational recall.
The compounds work by modulating signals in the hippocampus and cortex, which control memory and learning. The compounds were found to favourably alter a number of proteins linked to the effective storage of memories in the brain. Many of these are known to be depleted with age, making memory storage less efficient, and leading to poorer memory in old age and conditions such as dementia. Champagne slows these loses and therefore may help prevent the cognitive losses that occur during typical and atypical brain aging.
In order to come up with these findings researchers gave rat labs a moderate dose of champagne daily for six weeks and found they performed twice as week on mazes than rats who weren’t given the bubbly. The human equivalent of the dose given is about one and a half glass.
Jeremy Spencer, the co-author of the study – which is published in journal Antioxidants and Redox Signalling — said “These exciting results illustrate for the first time that the moderate consumption of Champagne has the potential to influence cognitive functioning, such as memory.”
Another co-author, Dr. David Vauzour estimates it would take a year or two of regular, moderate Champagne drinking to generate results. That’s just fine by us.
Drinking the bubbly isn’t the only way to improve your mental skills. Other ways to develop better cognitive functions include brain training exercises such as crossword puzzles, Sudoku and the exciting new online program Lumosity, which was designed by leading experts in neuroscience and cognitive psychology from Stanford University to help you systematically improve memory, problem solving and other skills, all while playing fun games.
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