Could those extra glasses of bubbly be giving your brain a boost? Apparently, according to a controversial study that claims that drinking one to three glasses of champagne per week can help improve your memory and stave off dementia and Alzheimer's disease. So maybe you shouldn't be reserving champagne only for special occasions!
The study, which was conducted by the University of Reading, found that champagne contains a high amount of phenolic compounds. These compounds have been found to modulate signals in the hippocampus and cortex, helping with spatial memory and learning.
The head researcher Dr. David Vazour said, "In the near future, we will be looking to translate these findings into humans. This has been achieved successfully with other polyphenol-rich foods, such as blueberry and cocoa, and we predict similar outcomes for moderate Champagne intake on cognition in humans."
There has already been some backlash to the study, not surprising as alcohol in general (even wine) has been found to be detrimental to brain function and memory.
For now, we say, everything in moderation!