Drinking Champagne May Prevent The Onset Of Dementia
Dementia is a syndrome that affects memory, thinking, behavior and the ability to perform everyday activities. There are an estimated 47 million people currently living with dementia worldwide and that is projected to increase to 75 million by 2030. The number of cases of dementia are estimated to triple by 2050.
Dementia is not only overwhelming for the person who has it but it also affects the lives of their caregivers and families who are a part of the decline. And while these facts don’t necessarily give you something to look forward to when it comes to aging, there are some ways to help prevent the onset of dementia. You can eat a healthy diet full of whole foods such as fish, nuts and vegetables. You can add exercise into your daily routine, practice brain exercises and make sure you get a sufficient amount of sleep. But there is another way you can prevent the onset of dementia that we know you are going to love…
Champagne Wishes And Caviar Dreams
If you life is full of champagne wishes and caviar dreams, then it looks like you are already one step ahead of the game.
No, we aren’t telling you to pick up a nasty caviar habit, but go ahead and pop some bubbly because it has been proven that drinking champagne can actually help prevent you from getting dementia.
So you better get on that bottomless mimosa brunch down the street. Your life could depend on it.
According to a study released from Reading University, drinking three glasses of champagne per week “can help prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.” Say what?
You have to drink three whole glasses?! That seems like an impossible task, doesn’t it. Wink, wink. Well, we guess that is the price you have to pay to live a long, cognitively healthy life.
Pass the champagne, please! No seriously. Pass that bottle now. Our brain’s future depends on it!
It's All In The Grapes
And you may be wondering how champagne can help prevent dementia. Every time we drink thre glasses of champagne, we can’t say our brain gets any clearer. In fact, it’s the opposite.
The answer is, it’s all in the grapes! The study pinpointed the prevention of onset brain diseases to a compound found in the black grapes used in making those sweet, bubbly bottles of celebratory goodness.
Champagne is made out of black grapes? You learn something new every day.
Switching To Champagne
While there are many studies that research the benefits of drinking wine, this is the first study that focuses specifically on the benefits of drinking champagne.
Professor Jeremy Spencer said about the study, “These exciting results illustrate for the first time that the moderate consumption of champagne has the potential to influence cognitive functioning, such as memory.”
Here is an important question. How do you become a tester in these research studies? Asking for a friend.
This research was found in a study involving the experimentation with rats. Drunk rats downing glasses of champagne? That doesn’t sound ethical, now does it?
But don’t you fret, while they used rats this time around, the next step in determining viability is to carry out the study on humans.
Sign us up when you are ready for us, please! We are already drinking champagne, we may as well be saving lives while doing it.
Pick Your Poison
So, now that you know that drinking three glasses of champagne can help prevent memory loss, have you found your new poison?
Just be careful. While there are certain compounds in champagne that might be good for your memory, we’re guessing the alcohol and sugar found in three glasses a day probably outweigh any other benefits.
It might be best to let them do some more research on humans before you start chugging champagne for breakfast.
What About Red Wine?
And if champagne isn’t your thing and you are more of a wine drinker, you are in luck.
It seems like everyday there is a new study that pops up that backs up the health benefits of drinking wine for moderate drinkers. Remember: All in moderation.
From decreased mortality rates to attacking cancer cells, a little wine at the end of the day can go a long way when it comes to living a healthy life.
The Truth About Pour Sizes
But before we give you a list of health benefits, let’s talk a little bit about pour sizes. Take out your measuring cups, people.
It can be hard to gauge what an appropriate pour size is given the varying sizes and shapes of wine glasses. Or how much of a lush you are. Sorry. Not sorry.
While we may love our oversized wine glasses, medical experts don’t consider that a proper pour. Well, who asked them!
More Like Poor Sizes
A proper glass of wine is a 5-ounce pour. Yup. That’s it. This means that when experts say “moderate drinking, they are going off of that amount.
For women, that is about one glass a day and for men it is about two. It’s cool ladies, we are getting the short end of the stick but we are also saving calories.
Now that we know what a proper pour is, let’s get to the fun part.
Wine Contains Antioxidants
So let’s pour ourselves a glass, and take a look at a list of ways wine benefits your health.
First, it contains antioxidants. In the battle against fighting off free radicals that cause terrible health problems such as cancer, wine could be your answer.
Wine is full of antioxidants that attack free radicals when they come lurking around. When choosing your wine for antioxidants, go with white. A study done by the University of Barcelona scientists found that the phenols in white wine had equal, if not higher antioxidants, than those in red wine.
Wine Boosts Your Immune System
While it isn’t a proper substitute for taking daily vitamins, drinking a glass of wine daily can give your immune system a boost.
Moderate alcohol consumption, and we said moderate consumption, can ward off infections and can help keep your immune system in check.
Don’t start chugging out of the bottle though, because excessive consumption can lead to negative effects that defeat the whole purpose or drinking wine for an immunity boost. Got that? All in moderation, people.
Wine Reduces The Risk Of Stroke
Moderate (again with that word) consumption of wine and alcohol in general can prevent blood clotting.
Wine acts as a natural blood thinner and it can break up any blood clots that could eventually lead to a stroke. Red wine, in particular, contains phenols that act as a blood thinner in a similar way that Aspirin does.
Keep telling us how good wine and champagne is for our health and we are all in a lot of trouble. You hear?
Wine Reduces The Risk Of Heart Disease
The tannins found in red wine contain procyanidins which neutralize free radicals and have shown to be effective in preventing cardiovascular disease.
According to WebMD, a study by researchers at the Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa tested the effects of red wine on the health of blood vessels. What they found after 21 consecutive days of consumption was that blood vessel cell health was enhanced, improving the flow of blood.
This increases the health of the heart, lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Wine Increases Bone Density
As we get older, our bones get weaker and more brittle. We all know that you can increase your calcium intake by drinking milk.
Did you know that you can also skip the milk and sip on a relaxing glass of wine? Wine. It does a body good.
Red wine has high levels of silicon, which is great for your bone mineral density. It increases the density and reduces the chance of osteoporosis. And like warm milk, it may help you doze off at night.
What Have We Learned?
So what have we learned here? If you want a healthy heart, brain and body in general it is absolutely acceptable to reach for a glass of wine or champagne. With a 5-ounce pour of course.
But just remember, everything in moderation. This is not your free pass to drink excessively for the rest of your life.
Consuming alcohol over time can cause liver damage, weaken your heart and can cause strokes. So, drink at your own risk but when you do, don’t forget to pass the bubbly!