According to research, drinking three glasses of champagne a week can help prevent dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Because of a compound found in Pinot noir and Pinot meunier grapes used to make champagne bubbly, this can prevent the onset of these mental illnesses.
Sounds to me like a great excuse to drink. But don't get too excited just yet.
The research, published by Reading University, claims that people who regularly drink champagne could also boost their spatial memory. And the researchers seem pretty excited about the results.
Professor Jeremy Spencer from Reading University said, "This research ... illustrates for the first time that moderate consumption of champagne has the potential to influence cognitive functioning such as memory ... Champagne, which lacks flavonoids, is also capable of influencing brain function through the actions of smaller phenolic compounds, previously thought to lack biological activity."
But get this: the research is based on an experiment involving rats. Obviously, many strides in the scientific community have been reached due to experiments with animals, but how can we be so sure of the findings if it hasn't yet been tested on humans?
Dr. David Vauzour, another researcher on the study, added, "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."
OK, so maybe this could be cause for celebration in the near future, but for right now, I'd enjoy your bottomless champagne Saturdays and keep popping the bubbly.