Cheers! Champagne boosts brain power

Pop that cork!   A new study shows champagne drinkers may be twice as good at solving problems and getting around, after drinking a daily dose of bubbly for several weeks.   Scientists at the University of Reading in Great Britain discovered that compounds found in champagne can improve our spatial memory responsible for navigation and the performance of complex tasks.

The acid found in champagne helps the brain send signals and also helps prevent the loss of proteins related to memory storage.

But don't go out and buy a case of the stuff.   In the study, rats were given a moderate dose of champagne every day for a total of six weeks.  It was equal to about one and a half glasses each week. Rats performed twice as well on maze tests compared to their counterparts who weren’t given the booze.

Dr. Giulia Corona told Wine Spectator, “Daily supplementation with a low-to-moderate dose of Champagne for six weeks led to an improvement in memory indicating phenolic compounds in champagne may interact directly with nerve cells, improve the communication between cells and encourage nerves that carry electrical signals in the brain to regenerate.”