It’s time to start popping more bottles!
A new study has found that drinking a glass of bubbly three times a week can stave off the beginning of dementia and Alzheimer’s, Metro UK reports.
Researchers at Reading University found that the phenolic compound found in pinot noir and pinot meunier grapes — both of which are used in the production of champagne — aid spatial memory and shield the brain from diseases.
“The results were dramatic,” Professor and lead researcher Jeremy Spencer told Marie Claire. “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.”
While the findings might sound compelling enough to start drinking more bubbly (and who doesn’t want a better excuse to drink more bubbly than health?), the initial study was done on rats. The Alzheimer’s Society also said in a statement that the results were intriguing, but more research is needed. While the researchers have yet to conduct large-scale experiments on humans who are prone to those diseases, or assess champagne consumption and brain power in humans over time, we can’t wait for New Year’s Eve.