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Study on Champagne and Memory Loss Disorders

Study Finds Drinking Champagne Regularly Could Improve Memory

Good news as we head into the holiday season: a study published by the Antioxidants & Redox Signaling journal found a link between drinking Champagne and preventing memory loss.

According to the 2013 study, Champagne's phenolic compounds can actually improve spatial memory — the part of memory associated with one's environment or ability to navigate — which typically deteriorates in old age. The researchers arrived at this conclusion by observing three groups of eight rats that completed a maze at the beginning of the study and then again after six weeks of daily Champagne intake. Interestingly, the rats showed a higher success rate after the six weeks, showing that the properties in Champagne may help combat neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer's and dementia.

While the rats were given the Champagne on a daily basis, researchers recommend a more moderate approach for adults. Author Jeremy Spencer, a professor in the Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Reading, said, "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." While the research is a few years old, its findings remain relevant, as the bubbly beverage is a favorite in the coming months. Add this to the list of very good reasons to cheers to your health.

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