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Science Says People Who Drink Champagne Are Healthier And Have Better Memory

Science Says People Who Drink Champagne Are Healthier And Have Better Memory

Champagne has been very popularly associated with celebrations and as Charles Dickens rightly said, “Champagne is one of the elegant extras in life.” This bottle of sparkly wine gets a call for in every moment of life, joyous and sad. But this “taste of star” can offer much more than just livening up special occasions.

We have already come to know some benefits of drinking champagne in the past, giving us all the more reasons to raise a glass. Champagne contains less calories compared to most of the other alcoholic beverages. It’s actually healthy for your heart, much like a glass of wine is. It’s also known to boost your mood. But now, research has found a whole new facet of champagne’s benefits.

Champagne can help keep your memory in tact.

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    Recent research

    at the University of Reading has shown that, when it comes to champagne, one to three glasses a week may counteract memory loss linked with aging and protect the brain from degenerative brain disorders such as Dementia and Alzheimer’s.

    The research found that the phenolic compounds present in champagne favorably altered a number of proteins associated with storage of memory in the brain. With age, many of these proteins are known to deplete, thus making memory storage less efficient.

    The red grapes, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, used in the Champagne along with the white grape, Chardonnay, contain high level of phenolic compounds, as highlighted by the research.

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    Champagne can reduce symptoms of brain aging.

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      The compounds help slow the losses of such proteins and prevent cognitive losses arising out of brain aging. The grapes that deserve all the credit for helping the champagne to prevent brain diseases and memory loss, are required by law to be grown in designated plots.

      Professor Jeremy Spencer of the Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences, University of Reading said, “These interesting results demonstrate for the first time that the moderate intake of champagne is very likely to influence cognitive operative, such as memory. Such observations have before been stated with red wine, due to the actions of flavonoids present within it.”

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      Champagne is beneficial for your health—as long as it’s consumed in moderation.
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        Professor Spencer further emphasized that the findings of the research suggested a moderate or low intake of one to two glasses a week. This was in tune with the researchers’ intention to encourage a responsible approach to alcohol consumption, according to him.

        The research was conducted on animals and its results have not yet been confirmed on humans. Dr. David Vauzour, a researcher on this study however predicts that as the results have been verified with other polyphenol-rich foods, such as blueberry and cocoa, moderate champagne intake should also bring similar outcomes.

        Several health benefits of controlled champagne drinking were also highlighted in a previous research report released at the University of Reading. That research however, suggested two glasses of champagne a day to be good for heart and blood circulation. The researchers found that drinking champagne daily in moderate amounts caused improvements in the way blood vessels function.

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        The findings from the two research works are, however, different, but it is interesting to observe that there are certainly some health benefits of moderate champagne intake, as both these research reports highlight.

        Champagne’s minerals are thought to be what make it so healthy.

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          Interestingly, Mireille Guiliano, author of the best-seller “French Women Don’t Get Fat,” also agrees to the remarkable health benefits of champagne and believes that champagne’s health benefits primarily owe to its trace minerals such as magnesium, potassium, zinc, and lithium (a natural mood regulator).

          Unlike F. Scott Fitzgerald’s statement on his love for champagne i.e. “Too much of anything is bad, but too much champagne is just right,” it certainly requires that we consider the findings of the research discussed above. A very vital thing to notice in the findings is that it might have validated the intake of champagne but it does so only in a moderate amount. Therefore, when the champagne is symbolized with “Good Life,” it means so with all due care to one’s health and also the happiness of others.

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          Last Updated on December 13, 2018

          12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

          12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

          Christmas is approaching fast, and lots of people not only tend to ruin their usual diets, but they also gain a few extra pounds. Based on studies, the majority of people tend to gain additional weight during the holiday season that starts at the Thanksgiving Day and ends with the New Year celebrations. Excessive eating is claimed to be the main cause for the additional weight gain, but it is also due to lack of physical activity and exercise.

          A lot of individuals out there tend to set aside their fitness routines during the holidays since they believe that they do not have enough time to perform their workouts. And because they feel guilty after the holiday season, most of the gyms and fitness centers are packed with fresh members. Always bear in mind that you can still enjoy the holidays and stay fit at the same time. If you want to stay fit during the holiday season, especially during Christmas and the New Year’s Eve, here are some useful tips that might help you:

          1. Eat Before Heading Out

          First, it is best that you eat something before heading out to visits, trips or family dinners. By doing so, you will no longer be tempted to eat a lot or overindulge yourself since you have already eaten. Skipping on meals is not a good idea either, because you will only be forced to eat more later.

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          2. Select The Treats

          Make sure to select the treats that you eat in a wise manner. You should choose something that you can only enjoy during the holiday season and not something that is readily available all the time.

          3. Avoid Skipping Meals

          Don’t skip meals, especially breakfast! Even though it can be tempting to skip on certain meals, believing that it will make up for the treats you consumed in the previous day, don’t do it because it will only lead to counterproductive results.

          4. Drink With Moderation

          It is best to regulate your drinking since alcohol, coke or other juices will only add more calories to the ones you already eaten!

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          5. Be Active

          You should still perform your fitness routine whenever possible and if you can’t do that, simply walk more, park your car some distance away from the store or just use the stairs!

          6. Get Out Of The House

          Make the holidays a family affair and plan outdoor activities where everyone is involved. Even a snowball fight in the backyard will burn a lot of calories and will keep the children entertained.

          7. Don’t Skip Your Strength Workouts

          Always remember to perform your strength training in order to maintain that muscle mass you worked hard to get. You might be tempted to use lightweights and just do some cardio, but you can burn just as many calories by lifting weights. And with all of those extra stakes you had on the holiday meals, you might even gain some extra muscle. And this is much better than gaining some extra fat.

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          8. Set Realistic Goals

          You should set realistic exercise objectives. Aim for at least half an hour per day and you will be very happy when you will achieve that. If you plan one hour or more and not achieve it, you will only end up disappointed.

          9. Enjoy Yourself

          Also make sure to set realistic diet plans! Trying to restrain yourself totally from some foods will only make you eat more. Feel free to enjoy the treats that you really love, but in small portions.

          10. Drink A Lot Of Water

          This can satiate your appetite as well as keep you hydrated at all times. And it will also prevent a possible hangover if you overdo it with alcohol.

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          11. Eat Less And More Often

          Distribute your meals evenly throughout the day, and do not eat everything at once.  Instead of having 2 enormous meals, have 5 small ones.  Eat your dinner earlier and have a nice walk before going to bed.

          12. Prioritize Your Workouts

          Try to do them early in the morning while everyone else is still sleeping. This way you will also avoid remarks like “Oh, come on! It’s Christmas…”

          So there you go! Twelve simple tips that will help you avoid gaining weight during the winter holidays, but will also allow you to enjoy yourself and have a great time with your loved ones.

          Happy Holidays everyone!

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