Maybe we should be finding more things to celebrate.
A 2013 study from Reading University that touted the benefits of weekly champagne consumption re-emerged this weekend, captivating social media with the news that the bubbly stuff may “help delay the onset of degenerative brain disorders, such as dementia.”
The key ingredient is the drink’s phenolic compounds, also found in Pinot noir and Pinot Meunier grapes, which work in the brain’s hippocampus and cortex, helping to prevent the loss of proteins associated with memory storage, ones that naturally decline as we grow older.
Other benefits on lab rats included an improvement in spatial memory, which helps with navigation and the performance of complex tasks and calculations.
But that’s not to say you should make every day New Year’s: Study leader Professor Jeremy Spencer, said in a statement that, “We encourage a responsible approach to alcohol consumption, and our results suggest that a very low intake of one to two glasses a week can be effective.”
According to the Evening Standard, scientists are interested in progressing the study from rats to retirees in the U.K. Can we sign up?
—Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl