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Pop the Bubbly for Better Memory, Researchers Say

posted: 11/09/15
by: Discovery.com Staff
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Moderate champagne consumption may stave off age-related memory loss, research from the University of Reading shows.

In a 2013 study just now making its way around the web, scientists show that champagne's phenolic compounds can boost spatial memory, the segment of memory involved in navigation. While many proteins in the brain that are involved in memory storage tend to degrade over time, phenols have been shown to slow the degrading process.

Researchers specifically peg Pinot noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay grapes as containing high levels of phenolic compounds.

Champagne drinkers only need to pop the bubbly twice a week in order to derive the memory-related benefits of champagne.

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"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," study researcher Dr. David Vauzour explains.

Previous research identified flavonoids, which are found in red wine but not in champagne, as also being beneficial for memory.

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