How Drinking Champagne Keeps Your Mind Sharp Forever

Drink up!

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Your Saturday brunchers will LOVE this news. Gather your girls and gossip as much as you want, because chances are you'll all remember it for years to come. 

According to research, drinking three glasses of champagne a week can help prevent dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Three glasses. If you're anything like me, you can hit that milestone in one day. And you have the rest of the week to do just as healthy things.


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. This theory hasn't been officially proven with humans. And rats are much more of a lightweight than you are. You still have to exercise and eat healthily and all that other stuff.

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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. You can finally remember where you put your keys! All you have to do is chug three quick glasses of champagne and then you'll find them. But then you won't need them because you'll be too boozed up to drive. 

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."

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But get this: the research is based on an experiment involving rats. Rats love a good Sunday brunch with mimosas as much as the rest of us. How come those little guys get paid to drink and it's called research, but when I suggest it I have "loose morals", and I'm told it's not a real job.


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?

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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. Order another round of french toast and enjoy your longer, healthier life.

Samantha Maffucci is an editor for YourTango who has written hundreds of articles about relationships, trending news, and entertainment, numerology, and astrology. Follow her on Twitter for more.