There is no doubt that the alcoholic substance which has the most reported benefits is wine. A lot of advice is out there on why a small amount of wine is good for you, which acts to further justify our consumption of it. There is evidence out there that it can help reduce your risk of certain diseases and help different parts of your body. Who wouldn’t want to partake of that?
While most of the benefits have been originally attributed to red wines, champagne, a white-colored wine, has been found to offer some pretty great benefits also. This is specifically in the affect champagne can have on your brain and its ability to help prevent diseases that affect it, such as Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease.
There is encouraging results out of studies that have been conducted in the United Kingdom that suggest that liquid that you toast occasions with, may also be helping your brain.
The Champagne Studies that Started it All
In 2009, the University of Reading, located in the United Kingdom, published its first studies on champagne. It had long been thought that the benefits of wine were contained to the red varieties, but this study was the beginning of proving that white-colored wine could have substantial benefits as well. This was particularly encouraging for those that may not enjoy red wine as much as the other varieties.
They found that drinking two glasses of champagne each day may have benefits related to your heart and circulation. This is a lot of champagne when you think about it. More than most people would normally drink since it is usually saved for special occasions. When you drink it daily, but it moderation, it causes improvements in how blood vessels function, which can have great benefits for the body. The polypenols, or micronutrients, are absorbed and able to act on the vascular system. What they do is slow down the natural removal of the nitric oxide from the blood. This means that the nitric oxide has a longer time to work on the blood vessels and improve the flow of blood around the body.
There are additional beneficial effects from high nitric oxide levels. It can also decrease blood pressure and the possibility of forming blood clots. This could reduce the risks of cardiovascular disease and stroke, when looked at from a perspective of illness.
In 2013, the University of Reading completed another study on champagne to follow up on their first. This study was related to how drinking champagne affects the brain and how much champagne it would take in order to see any benefits. These findings are based on drinking even less champagne than the original one, which is a bit more realistic for most people. These affects can be felt by drinking just one to three glasses of champagne per week. Just this small amount could help delay the onset of degenerative brain disorders and counteract memory loss that is associated with aging. This could greatly improve the later years of people’s lives and their interaction with their family members. By keeping the brain active and working well, many would enjoy the benefits.
What makes the difference are the phenolic compounds that are found in champagne. Phenolic compounds occur in medicinal herbs and dietary plants. Those found in champagne were found to improve spatial memory. This is what records information about your environment and stores that information for future navigation. You would have a much better sense of the world around you, which would improve your quality of life.
So how do these compounds work? They work by altering signals in both the cortex and hippocampus, which control learning and memory. Proteins that are linked to the effective storage of memories in the brain were altered favorably by these compounds. As we age these compounds normally deplete as one of the effects of getting older. This leads to less efficient memory storage as well as poor memory in old age and conditions like dementia and Alzheimer’s. Champagne is able to slow down the depletion of these compounds, which can help prevent the cognitive losses that usually happen with the ageing of the brain.
What is Champagne Made Out of?
When compared to other forms of white wine, champagne has higher levels of phenolics, which make it more effective in this area. While champagne is considered by most to be a white wine, given its color, it is actually made up primarily of two red grapes, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir. These are used in high concentration along with the white grape Chardonnay. These phenolic compounds are what are believed to have this great beneficial effect on the brain and what make the whole idea plausible.
– It can help you live longer.
According to other research, people who drink wine live longer than those who drink other types of alcohol such as hard liquor or beer.
– It is low in calories.
Champagne contains just 90 calories per a 120 ml glass while red wine has 100 calories. If you’re going to indulge, you won’t need to go as far over your budgeted calories. Champagne is also usually served in smaller glasses, so you may be able to trick your mind into thinking you’ve had more than you really have.
– It is good for your skin.
Here is one benefit without the fun of consuming the champagne directly. It is instead topical. Dermatologist Marina Peredo recommends using champagne to spruce up your skin by applying it with a cotton ball directly. She says that it detoxifies the skin due to the antioxidants. The lightening tartaric acid also helps to even out your skin tone. Champagne also has antibacterial properties, which makes it ideal for reducing breakouts for people who suffer from oily skin. This is an interesting way to use champagne!
A Word of Caution About the Study
– It was not performed on humans.
This study was conducted on animals, rats specifically, so it is hard to say with certainty that it would have exactly the same outcome on humans as it did on the rats in the study. It needs more research, which is likely to happen in the years to come.
– There are other ingredients in champagne that you should consider.
Although the amount of sugar in champagne is less than that of sweet white wine, it’s important to note how much refined sugar you are taking in. In a 5.4 oz glass, a red wine has no sugar, a dry white wine has about 0.8 grams, a sweet white wine has about 16 grams and champagne has about 2.5 grams. Refined sugar is highly detrimental to your health. It’s important that you you make sure you’re not overdoing it.
– It’s not a guarantee.
As with anything, champagne is not a guaranteed preventative. It does have benefits that boost your brain, but doctors and researchers are tentative to use it or suggest it as a preventative measure at this point.
– It’s still booze.
As with all types of alcohol, you still need to be responsible and use with caution. Just because it has some benefits, doesn’t mean it’s completely healthy for you.
– They lower your blood pressure, risk of heart disease and cholesterol.
A lower risk of heart disease and other deaths was found in a group of over 34,000 women who took in flavonoid-rich foods, such as grapefruit, red wine, strawberries, chocolate pears, bran and apples.
– They improve artery function and arterial flexibility and prevent platelet clumping.
In a study of over 500 Europeans, they found healthier arteries in the people who avoided high-fat dairy products and ate raw vegetables.
– They can lengthen your lifespan.
A study conducted in 2014 in Europe concluded that a higher intake of polyphenols, such as lignans from flax and stilbenes from grapes and nuts, was connected with a longer lifespan.
– Star Anise
– Cocoa Powder
– Dried Mexican Oregano
– Celery Seed
– Black Chokeberry
– Dark Chocolate
– Flaxseed Meal
– Black Elderberry
– Eat fruit and vegetables when they are fresh.
Food that has sat for a few weeks contain lower levels of polyphenols than when they were fresh.
– Eat the peels.
When the food is peeled, this also reduces the polyphenol content.
While you enjoy your special occasions with your glass of bubbly, you can feel a little less guilty since these studies suggest that champagne is good for you in more ways than one. It will be exciting to see what is confirmed by further studies once it is tested on humans. This will give us a better idea of exactly how good these glasses of champagne really are and how much is the right amount for the optimal benefits.