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Friday, May 11, 2007

French Champagne: So good for the brain

Cole Porter was right: French Champagne is good for the brain.

According to research conducted jointly by The University of Reading and the Università degli Studi di Cagliari published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, Champagne may help protect the brain against injuries incurred during a stroke and other ailments, such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases.

The report indicates that drinking Champagne may have health benefits because it contains high amounts of polyphenols, which are antioxidants. Polyphenols are found in greater abundance in red wines, but past studies have found Champagne to contain high amounts of phenolic compounds as well.

Researchers believe that Champagne extracts protect neuron cells in several ways, and that Blanc de Noirs are more effective than Blanc de Blancs because of their red-wine content.
M. Zane Grey, 9:28 AM