Can a glass of champagne today keep dementia away?

Two full champagne glasses touching together in a "cheers"

A study from the University of Reading in 2013 has resurfaced claiming that drinking 1-3 glasses of champagne a week can boost brain health and help ward off dementia. The study notes that the phenolic compounds found in champagne can improve spatial memory, which is responsible for recording information about one’s environment, and storing the information for future navigation.

Before you pop the bubbles

Before you pop the bubbles it’s important to note that the study wasn’t conducted on humans – just rats and there’s no hard evidence that the benefits would translate to humans. In fact, England’s National Health Service was alarmed by the resurfacing of the study, and issued a warning noting that there was no hard evidence champagne can prevent dementia.

It may be a preferred preventative by many of us but the reality is there’s a lot more to do before we can simply raise some bubbles and fight off brain decline.

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