Champagne has scientifically-proven health benefits! WOO HOO!

Alright, so I admit it. I’m having a glass of champagne on a Tuesday night (alright, fine, it’s Italian Prosecco, it’s still lovely and it still costs a bomb thanks to our terrible exchange rate!). And do you know what else I admit? I went out of my way to find an article or two that confirms champers/prosecco/bubbles have health benefits. Because I may have needed to convince myself of the benefit of that second (or third) glass once or twice in my drinking career…!

A study at Reading University in the United Kingdom (reported in the Daily Mail, 2013) found that three glasses of the bubbly stuff a week can improve memory. Although, I forget why that was a good thing…

Seriously though, any study that look into the scientific reasons behind why a glass of champers (or ten) can make you feel a million dollars is a study that has my support. We already know, from previous studies, that red wine contains flavonoids which can help to lower blood pressure, however the memory aid found in champagne is a different compound, one called phenolic acid.

Professor Jeremy Spencer, who led the study at Reading University, stated that their study suggested that those over the age of 40 may benefit from drinking 2-3 glasses of the bubbly stuff once a week, since dementia is thought to be a gradual decline from the 40’s onwards. “It is a gradual decline and so the earlier people take these beneficial compounds in champagne, the better,” Prof. Spencer was quoted as saying in the original Daily Mail article.

So the main message? Drink more bubbles!!! And that’s a life message I can definitely endorse!
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Special Note: To anyone who may be in an alcoholic treatment program, please understand that this article is simply meant as a light-hearted reportage of research around the effects of champagne and is in no way meant to be disrespectful to those who have decided to stop drinking. You have nothing but my utmost admiration and respect, and if you would be willing to talk about your journey with me and/or on my blog, please contact me by email at: 

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