Champagne on the Brain: The Benefits of a Glass of Bubbly

Jennifer Jordan

Jennifer Jordan is the senior editor at With a vast knowledge of wine etiquette, she writes articles on everything from how to hold a glass of wine to how to hold your hair back after too many glasses. Ultimately, she writes her articles with the intention that readers will remember wine is fun and each glass of anything fun should always be savored.

We have all heard that red wine is good for our hearts, white wine is good for our lungs, and - of course - all wine is good for our taste buds. But, recent findings have revealed Champagne may also be good for our minds. Move over Merlots and Rieslings, scientists now have Champagne on their brains.

Champagne Mumm

An April 2007 article published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry revealed findings indicating Champagne as a source behind brain protection. This sparkling wine, according to the study, may help protect the brain from the injuries common with Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's, and stroke.

The reason for Champagne's ability, according to the researchers at Italy's Universita degli studi di Cagliari and England's University of Reading, lies in the high presence of polyphenols packed within every bottle.

Polyphenols, chemical substances derived from plants, are antioxidants, which help cells avoid death, destruction, and things like cancer. Red wine, once again grabbing the spotlight, is generally thought of as containing the highest concentration of polyphenols - making it one of the healthiest types of wines to drink - but previous research indicates that Champagne contains a high amount of another type of polyphenols, one that has the brain in mind.

To prove their hypothesis, researchers introduced Champagne to the neuron cells of rodents. In other words, they took the mice out drinking. After separating mice cells into two groups - one that would be let alone and one that would be penetrated with Champagne extracts - the scientists triggered a stroke.

Their discovery was that the group of neuron cells penetrated with Champagne extracts demonstrated a significant amount of protection against damage, while the group of neuron cells left alone was not able to fight off destruction.

The reason for this, they concluded, was that caffeic acid and tyrosol, antioxidants found in polyphenols, contain anti-inflammatory characteristics. This keeps them from responding to injury and damage. Caffeic acid and tyrosol also possess the ability to remove toxic chemicals, expunging them from a person's (or a mouse's) body. Both of these factors work together to help Champagne "top off" our well being.

These findings have now led to further investigation of Champagne's influence on health and human lifespan, with a specific interest on its influence over aging. In the past, "the bubbly" has always been thought of a drink you want in hand during times of glee. A spirit with a sparkling personality, Champagne seemed to find itself permanently fermented in a celebratory role.

But, as more and more research is performed, Champagne has a chance to turn over a new leaf in medical science.

This life preserving task may be one Champagne takes on anew, but it's one we hope goes to its - and our - heads.

With members of the health community raising its rank, Champagne is our new champion. So, as it puts a cork in brain injury, we propose a toast to the Dom Perignons, the Veuve Clicquots, and the Louis Roederers of the world. Fill your glass and ease your mind.

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  • Mellow says
    Champagne's influence on our health sounds ideal. It has for the French and Italian, as they don't abuse it...... ole
    • New Member says
      champagne makes you a bit drunk faster than other wines, so that would tend to make you feel better about yourself and those around you...
    • KH says
      Sounds good to me!
    • coco says
    • Anna says
      glad to heaqr it... haha i love bubbly!!!
    • Cinty says
      See, there are benefits of wine!
    • Anna says
      lol i love that there are benefits to just about everything these days!!!
    • Wice says
      I can believe this as I know a number of elderly French people who celebrate absolutely everything with Champagne and every one of them is as sharp as pin despite being in their eighties!

      ... and even if it were not good for the brain, it always makes me feel festive and happy! For me and my family Champagne is like the distilled essence of celebration and we enjoy it as often as we can. It’s just not a real celebration without bubbly.

      If you are one of those individuals that say they don't like Champagne, you probably haven tried the good stuff.... like Veuve Cliquot which whispers of honey; or Moet et Chandon with its subtle hint of ripe pears.... Real Champagne sparkles rather than fizzes; it’s never noticeably sweet or cloying ; it never leaves an odd appley taste in your mouth. Instead, the finish is crisp and cleanly fragrant so you can’t wait for the next sip!

      "Vivre le Champagne!"

      PS: I wonder if Jennifer was talking about just champagne - from the Champagne region, or whether she is including 'vin mouseaux' and 'methode champenoise' which are sparkling wines produced internationally from outside the region.
    • fander says
      We get so many statistics thrown at us about what we should and shouldn't be eating/drinking! I only read the good ones, like this, that say that the things I like are good for me!

      "Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right."
      Mark Twain.
      • Wice says
        Love the pic but I think he needs longer arms!
      • l'stat says
        I enjoy a glass of champagne every now and again, its more a celebration drink I believe, something for a special occasion. and when it's free , someone other than you footing the bill , it kind of tastes that much better.

      • msmeer says
        I curious more interest in some of them hope you will give more information on this topics in your next articles. ps4 sticker

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