Drinking Champagne May Prevent Dementia?

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Break out the champagne flutes! A new study says that drinking three glasses of champagne every week may prevent the onset of dementia and Alzheimer's disease, the Daily Mail reports.

Pinot noir and pinot meunier, two ingredients in champagne, contain compounds that may "ward off brain diseases and boost spatial memory," researchers at Reading University in the United Kingdom say.

"This research is exciting because it illustrates for the first time that moderate consumption of champagne has the potential to influence cognitive functioning such as memory," said Jeremy Spencer, a biochemistry professor at Reading University.

Spencer went on to suggest that anyone over the age of 40 should consider drinking champagne a few times a week.

"Dementia probably starts in the 40s and goes on to the 80s," he explained. "It is a gradual decline and so the earlier people take these beneficial compounds in champagne, the better."

As of yet, the researchers have only tested this theory on rats, but hope to move to humans soon. Any volunteers?