Raise a glass of bubbly this holiday season; it may be good for your health.
According to a 2013 University of Reading study, drinking up to three glasses of champagne weekly may ‘help delay the onset of degenerative brain disorders, such as dementia.’
The 2 1/2-year-old report resurfaced on social media this weekend, cracking Facebook’s list of trending topics late Sunday.
According to research from the World Health Organization, an estimated 48 million people live with dementia around the world. That number is expected to jump up to nearly 76 million by 2030 and to more than triple by 2050.
Using champagne to counteract coginitive losses
In a news release, researchers said the compounds found in two red grapes used to make champagne – pinot noir and pinot meunier – can have a positive effect on spatial memory and learning. As a result, bubbly ‘may help prevent the cognitive losses that occur during typical and atypical brain aging.’
But that doesn’t mean you should tip back an entire bottle of booze.
‘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,’ professor Jeremy Spencer said.
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