Scott Fitzgerald once said, “Too much of anything is bad, but too much champagne is just right.” There may be some wisdom behind the Jazz Age author’s words. New science shows that imbibing some bubbly could help prevent Alzheimer’s and dementia.
A study conducted at the University of Reading reports that drinking approximately three glasses of champagne each week can prevent memory loss and protect your brain from dementia. The finding surprised researchers but is great news for champagne lovers.
Just how does it work? According to the research, the brain-boosting benefits of champagne come from the phenolic compounds found in pinot noir and pinot meunier, the black grapes used to make the fizzy wine. These compounds not only help ward off the two major brain diseases but also increase the drinker’s spatial memory.
Scientists behind the research said the findings are exciting because it shows for the first time that drinking champagne can potentially influence cognitive function in a positive way. Still, they admit that more data is needed to really nail down the precise beneficial effects and how it all works. A spokesman for the Alzheimer’s Society called the results “interesting.”
Until we know more, we’ll just have to work with what we have: Champagne each day can keep the doctor away. Cheers to that.