Young red wine is found to be more beneficial than aged wine, study finds

A recent study of 16 wines from Australia and New Zealand has found levels of healthy antioxidants, existing mainly in red grapes, decreased significantly over time.

CQUniversity lead researcher Mani Naiker said the compound, trans-resveratrol, was proven to have cardiovascular, anti-inflammatory, and anti-diabetic effects.

“The more you consume this compound in your food or in beverages, it is perceived to give you better health benefits,” Dr Naiker said.

“When we compare younger bottled wines with mature red wines, we have proven that as the wine ages the concentration of this important bioactive compound decreases by about 75 percent over a 16-month period.

“That is a huge decrease in the concentration of this particularly important health-benefiting compound.”

Lead researcher Dr. Mani Naiker states that the compound is proven to have cardiovascular, anti-inflammatory, and anti-diabetic effects.

The study published in the Australian Journal of Grape and Wine Research, found the concentration decreased in some wines by as much as 96 percent.

After the initial resveratrol levels were measured, the bottles were resealed and stored in darkness in their original packaging.

“Irrespective to where we got the red wine from, which variety it was, the process of that compound, the loss was the same,” Dr Naiker said.

“I might just leave it with the French paradox that having a glass of red with a meal every day is good for your health.

“Now you know, you might want to go with a young red rather than an old one.”

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/ajgw.12449

Champagne Cheers! Drinking Champagne Is Surprisingly Good For You

imgresThe list of the benefits of champagne is long and keeps growing. Already well-known as heart healthy, champagne in moderation might help you lose weight, reduce forgetfulness, boost your immunity, and help prevent bone loss.

Here are six reasons to stock up on champagne for the holiday season:

Heart Health

Champagne is just as healthy as a glass of red wine. Most of the champagne production is made from red and white grapes which contains resveratrol. This is an important antioxidant that prevents damage to your blood vessels, reduces bad cholesterol, and prevents blood clots.

Champagne also contains polyphenol antioxidants, which further protects the heart. This helps to reduce the risk of heart problems and strokes.

It can lower your risk of diabetes

A 2009 study in Canada showed that all wines, including champagne, can lower your risk of contracting diabetes by 13%.

It can prevent dementia

A glass or two of champagne has been known to prevent the onset of dementia. Some recent research found that the risk was almost halved for those who drank moderately.

It will keep you sharp

Research from the University of Columbia has shown that champagne contains proteins that are beneficial for your short-term memory. As well, a study from Reading University in 2013 states that three glasses of bubbles per week can help improve it.

It boosts your mood

We all know that light-headed buzz that you get from a glass of Champagne. It’s not just because of the alcohol, champagne contains magnesium, potassium and zinc which are all natural mood boosters.

Calories

Champagne contains less calories than red and white wine. A standard flute of champagne contains approximately 80 calories; whereas red and white wine which around120 calories per glass.

Champagne is good for you in moderation, of course!

From the famous words of Sir Winston Churchill:

“A single glass of Champagne imparts a feeling of exhilaration..a bottle produces the opposite.”

Researchers Reveal Link Between Champagne and Cognitive Health

A recent study reveals that drinking champagne, anywhere from 1 to 3 glasses per week, could benefit your memory and postpone the onset of dementia, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and other degenerative brain disorders. The study was recently published in the journal Antioxidants and Redox Signalling.

The research team, consisting of scientists from the University of Reading, in the United Kingdom, discovered that the phenolic compounds that are found in champagne are responsible for improving spatial memory. This is the type of memory involved in the gathering of information related to the environment. According to the research team, these phenolic compounds modulate signals from the cortex and hippocampus, the areas of the brain related to learning and memorizing. The compounds were also found to adjust the effect of several proteins that are directly connected to the memorizing process. Previous studies have shown that the levels of these particular proteins drop with aging, thus causing the memorizing process to be less effective. This, in turn, leads to the worsening of one’s memory and is considered to be one of the causes for the onset of dementia. Their study reveals that the phenolic compounds found in champagne can slow down the loss of these proteins, thus also slowing down the aging process of the brain.

When compared to other products that contain phenolic compounds, such as white wine, champagne has the highest levels. Champagne is predominantly derived from Pinot noir and Pinot Meunier, which are types of red grapes, and Chardonnay, a type of white grapes. The phenolic compounds found in these particular types of grapes are considered to be the one that have the most beneficial effects on the brain. One of the authors of the study, professor Jeremy Spencer, notes that ”These exciting results illustrate for the first time that the moderate consumption of champagne has the potential to influence cognitive functioning, such as memory. Several precedent studies have shown that flavonoids, the compounds found in red wine, also have beneficial effects on the human organism, if consumed moderately.

The current study shows that even though champagne doesn’t contain flavonoids, its effect on the brain function and brain aging process is still present, being achieved by the phenolic acids. Professor Spencer advocates on a moderate consumption of alcohol, due to the fact that their study results show that even small quantities of champagne per week can be effective. The main author of the study, David Vauzour, adds that their future studies will focus on the transition of these studies to human models. Currently, the effect has been achieved through intake of other foods rich in polyphenol, such as cocoa and blueberries. Precedent studies that were conducted by research teams from the University of Reading showed that 2 glasses of champagne per day have favorable effects on both the heart and circulation and could be responsible for lowering the risk of cardiac arrest and other cardiovascular disorders.