Saturday, June 11, 2016

Rats! Champagne Does Counteract Memory Loss

There's good news for drinkers, courtesy of Gabriel Chong. Especially, if you are a rat! 
Experiments involving rats conducted by Professor Jeremy Spencer and team revealed that drinking one to three glasses of champagne a week may counteract the memory loss associated with ageing, and could help delay the onset of degenerative brain disorders. 
Scientists at the University of Reading, UK have shown that “the phenolic compounds found in champagne can improve spatial memory, which is responsible for recording information about one's environment, and storing the information for future navigation.
The compounds work by modulating signals in the hippocampus and cortex, which control memory and learning. The compounds were found to favorably alter a number of proteins linked to the effective storage of memories in the brain. Many of these are known to be depleted with age, making memory storage less efficient, and leading to poorer memory in old age and conditions such as dementia. Champagne slows these loses and therefore may help prevent the cognitive losses that occur during typical and atypical brain ageing”. 
Critics had been quick to put down the research, saying it was inconclusive. These wet blankets were probably teetotalers.  

Spencer said: “These exciting results illustrate for the first time that the moderate consumption of champagne has the potential to influence cognitive functioning, such as memory”. 

The next step is obviously to conduct trials involving humans. 

The study was first reported on May 07, 2013 and it was published in Antioxidants and Redox Signalling. It was in the news again in November 2015. 

I am impatient for more good news – and I already have a glass in hand! 

BTW, previous research from the University of Reading revealed that two glasses of champagne a day may be good for your heart and circulation and could reduce the risks of suffering from cardiovascular disease and stroke. 

On Friday, the Liquid Gold Advanced Toastmasters Club had their monthly meeting – this time, the selected venue was at Vin’s Restaurant & Bar in KL’s TTDI. I was the Table Topics Master.

I ordered Charbroiled BBQ chicken fillet

As usual, another great meeting!

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