Champagne can ‘help improve memory’

7th May, 2013 by Andy Young

New research has suggested that three glasses of Champagne a week can help to improve your memory.

Champagne bottle poppingScientists at Reading University say that a regular dose of bubbles can help in the fight against brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Jeremy Spencer, a biochemistry professor who led the research, said: “Dementia probably starts in the 40s and goes on to the 80s. It is a gradual decline and so the earlier people take these beneficial compounds in champagne, the better.”

Professor Spencer’s team said that the compound phenolic acid is what can boost memories. Phenolic acid is found in the black grapes, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, both of which are used in the production of Champagne.

The professor told the Mail on Sunday that the research team had put Champagne into the food for rats every day for six weeks. The rats then ran in a maze to find a treat, with the test repeated after five minutes to see if the rats remembered where to go.

The rats that had no Champagne had a 50% success rate, but this went up to 70% in the rats that had Champagne in their diet.

Professor Spencer now hopes to take a trial to humans, with around 60 pensioners being asked to drink Champagne for three years. It’s hard to imagine there will be a shortage of volunteers for this trial.

Spencer told the Mail on Sunday: “The results were dramatic. After rats consumed champagne regularly, there was a 200 per cent increase of proteins important for determining effective memory.

“This occurred in rats after just six weeks. We think it would take about three years in humans.

“This 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.”

A spokesman for the Alzheimer’s Society told the newspaper: “This is an interesting study, especially for those who enjoy a glass of bubbly. However, people should not start celebrating just yet. This is the first time a link between champagne and dementia risk reduction has been found. A lot more research is needed.”

This research is the latest in a long line of possible alcohol-related health benefits, including battling lung cancer, lowering cholesterol and helping with arthritis.


14 Responses to “Champagne can ‘help improve memory’”

  1. jackie says:

    Love my champagne and now it’s good for my memory. Keep it chilled.

  2. Paul says:

    I can see it now…..Champers on the NHS! Fabulous idea, I bet the frenchies are counting their chickens right now!

  3. Mia hill says:

    Sign me up. Bubbly is the best. Does it make a difference if its a spumante?

  4. Ginny says:

    Where can we sign up?

  5. Sandy says:

    I always knew this. Just waiting for the evidence to catch up. Ha

  6. Fiona says:

    May work for rats but certainly didn’t for my mother who enjoyed a single glass of bubbly pretty regularly but got early onset Alzheimer’s .

    • Wryter says:

      Are you absolutely positive it was real champagne, made from black grapes that supply the phenolic acid? So much of what is sold as “sparkling wine” or “cava” may be delicious but is not the same.

  7. Gillian Flower says:

    Only 3 glasses a week???? I agree with ‘keep it chilled’

  8. Brenda says:

    And planting a few more grapes Paul !

  9. Dave lovett says:

    Just returned from “Champagne” district in France & I remember everything. So what did I have to eat while there you ask?? Why it was….??&&!??

  10. shelle says:

    that is complete BS one study & we should all drink champers. we are treated like imbeciles. when i drink red wine or champagne i find it difficult to string many words together to have a conversation (reflecting change in memory after only 1 glass not being drunk) and feel very dehydrated afterwards. that tells me its.not a good idea to drink the stuff. my naturopath suggests its the preservatives thats responsible.

    • Anthony says:

      Try a wine from a good organic winery. There are a few around – here in Australia anyway. Tamburlaine Winery in the Hunter Valley is one.

  11. Suellen Sweeney says:

    Well would like to try this, and see what happen’s..

  12. beth says:

    Sign me up too!!! Love my champagne!!

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