Wine does prevent dementia, says study of studies

Moderate wine consumption has been shown to significantly delay dementia in a new report that analyses almost 100 studies into the subject.

The report looked at nearly 100 studies analysing the effect of drinking wine on brain health (Photo: Wiki)

The report looked at nearly 100 studies analysing the effect of drinking wine on brain health (Photo: Wiki)

The evidence stands in direct opposition to controversial new British government guidance on alcohol consumption by suggesting that there are health benefits to moderate drinking.

The Chief Medical Officer dismissed the benefits of drinking red wine as an “old wives’ tale” in January, when the recommended weekly consumption was cut to 14 units for both men and women.

But the new ‘study of studies’ suggests that chemicals known as phenols – most commonly found in red and sparkling wine – can help to protect brain cells from damage.

It also concluded that phenols may help nerve and brain cells to keep communicating with other cells, countering the effects of Alzheimer’s.

The review, led by Dr Jeremy Spencer of the University of Reading, has been published in Wine Safety, Consumer Preference, and Human Health.

2 Responses to “Wine does prevent dementia, says study of studies”

  1. This finding comes as no surprise to me. The beneficial effects of wine – particularly red – have long been known in France, where for many years, if you were visiting someone in hospital, you would take a bottle of good red wine to aid recovery (certainly beats a bunch of grapes).

  2. Paul Allen says:

    No wonder the great populus takes mo notice of Government advice. For years this has been debated and I have two good friends who have always drunk moderately and one of them has just reached 90! Doctors suggested he should stop now!! You can only imagine his reply!!! The problem has only been excerbated by the antics of a minority of younger people going out to get “plastered” . If you treat food and wine in moderation it will be fine. If it”s not then at least life will seem more pleasamt!

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