- Cognitive Improvement
Obviously over-doing it is going to make your brain a bit fuzzy, but drinking in moderation has actually been shown to improve memory. A study done at Reading University on rats demonstrated that when they were given small amounts of champagne every day, they had a 70% success rate as opposed to a 50% success rate when they were not drinking champagne.
Dr. Jeremy Spencer was the leader of the study, and he said that the research is “exciting because it illustrates for the first time that moderate consumption of champagne has the potential to influence cognitive functioning such as memory.” He further concludes that this cognitive improvement is likely linked to compounds found in the types of grapes used to make champagne.
Although there haven’t been human studies done on this, there’s no reason not to try it for yourself to see how it can improve your memory.
Spencer’s conclusion was that compounds found in the two red grapes used to make champagne – Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier – can improve memory and spatial awareness to the extent that “three glasses a week” could “help delay the onset of degenerative brain disorders, such as dementia.” The experiment has yet to be repeated on humans, but at the time of the initial study Spencer hoped to conduct a trial asking 50 pensioners to drink champagne for three years in order to test its effects. Presumably he wasn’t lacking for volunteers.
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2. Heart Health
Although you have probably heard about the health benefits of red wine, particularly when it comes to your heart, many people may not realize that champagne carries many of the same benefits, and for the same reason. Both red wine and champagne are made from red grapes, which have high amounts of polyphenols. These antioxidants can lower your blood pressure and help lower your risk of other heart conditions.
Dr. Jeremy Spencer also did a study on the effects of champagne on heart health. He reported, “We have found that a couple glasses a day has a beneficial effect on the walls of the blood vessels – which suggests champagne had the potential to reduce strokes and heart disease.” So, by drinking just a couple glasses of champagne a day, you can help your heart be healthier, which means you’ll be around for longer to enjoy more champagne.
3) It’ll improve your skin
Ever wondered why successful Formula One drivers have such supple skin? Probably not, but we’ll give you the definite, science-proven reason anyway: ‘champers. Taking a hit of champagne to the face, as the top three drivers do on the podium after each race, might be an expensive detoxifier, but it’s also an effective one. “Champagne detoxifies the skin with antioxidants and lightening tartaric acid helps even out the skin tone,” says dermatologist Marina Peredo. “For those with oily skin, its antibacterial properties aid in leaving last year’s breakouts behind.”
4) It contains fewer calories than wine
Unless you consume it by the gallon, choosing champagne over wine or beer represents the diet option. Sort of. A small flute of Brut (which means it contains no more than 12 grams of residual sugar per litre) champagne is roughly 80-100 calories, fewer than a 175ml glass of wine and far healthier than a pint of beer.
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