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We have all heard about dementia in one way or another. It is not a specific disease, but the group of symptoms and disorders that affect the brain. It comes with several conditions, most commonly strokes, Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's. It is considered that Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia affected more than five million Americans in 2015 and cost the economy billions of dollars every year.
Dementia is extremely hard for patients, but especially for those people who have to take care of the sick. Sufferers may even turn violent and dangerous. When they lose the ability to function normally, to take care of themselves, and their actions and emotions, they require constant care. The simplest tasks like getting dressed or going to the bathroom may become too hard, in some cases even impossible.
Science claims it is impossible to reverse the symptoms of dementia once it occurs, but we can help our brains stay young and healthy before being affected. The best way, according to a British study conducted by the University of Reading, is to drink one to three glasses of the bubbly celebratory drink known as champagne per week. We have long been told that alcohol is bad, but in the last couple of years, more and more research has revealed we should drink wine, champagne and even beer.
Is Research Done On Mice Valid?
This study has never stated that champagne works on people since it was conducted on mice. The rodents were divided into three groups of eight; and given the memory and spatial tests with food rewards. It was indeed proven that the aged mice on champagne were better at locating food in maze runners than those given another drink with alcohol or soda, even though all the drinks had the same number of calories.
The rodents have been widely used as a model to research human illnesses for decades and with good results; so the researchers might be onto something here. Until we get some more information – at least a study conducted on people – one has to take this research with a grain of salt.
The most probable reason this study was successful in rodents is because champagne contains high levels of phenolic acids coming from two types of red grapes, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir. Phenolics – or phenols – are compounds known for their ability to reduce brain inflammation, and protect the brain cells. The mice that were given champagne ended having more dystrophin in cortex and hippocampus areas in the brain, a protein able to prevent loss of logic and reasoning, and responsible for memory storage.