How Healthy is Champagne?
Who doesn't value his glass of champagne? Unless you are truly an exception in every way, a glass of this bubbly sparkling beverage would be as dear to you as a gourmet dish or a cup of specially prepared coffee. If this was not reason enough, then there is yet another advantage that could justify your love for champagne and it pertains to a variety of health benefits that could be accrued from sipping this drink.
Yes, it is indeed true that champagne has a positive impact on your health and overall well being and following are some of the benefits that you accrue by sipping a glass on a regular basis -
Calorie intake -
Unlike wine which is laden with at least 120 calories per glass irrespective of its color, champagne offers a calorie count of 80 per glass. Not only does this reduce your probability of putting on weight but also enables you to remain hydrated without disrupting the sugar balance within your body. For people who are particularly conscious of their weight, the 'brut' variety of champagne is like a God-send owing to its low sugar content and better taste.
Cardio health -
Consumption of champagne has been found to improve cardio health foor several reasons, primary amongst them being it being enriched in resveratrol. An antioxidant that is naturally present in red and white grape varieties, reseveratrol protects the heart through its multi-pronged action of preventing blood vessels from suffering damage, forming of bad cholesterol and clotting of blood. Another antioxidant ingredient of Champagne, namely polyphenol, decelerates the speed with which nitric acid is removed from blood thus resulting in dilating of blood vessels and increased circulation of blood.
Spatial memory -
As you grow older, there is a high probability of symptoms of dementia appearing and the first aspect which is impacted is that of spatial memory. This might seem like a black cloud but it has a silver lining too - onset of such a condition can be prevented by including champagne in your weekly diet. Therefore, after the age of 40, if you have at least two glasses of champagne during the week, you are likely to remain in touch with your surroundings, perform calculations without anyone's help and recollect names and numbers without any difficulty.
Regulating blood pressure -
In a scientific study comprising of two groups, members of one group were given champagne to drink and those of the other group were offered an alcoholic beverage other than champagne. After a few weeks, tests revealed that while those on champagne were found to have low rate of removal of nitric acid, those on the other alchoholic beverage did not manifest any difference. This in turn had a bearing on blood pressure wherein low rate of removal of nitric acid maintained the rate of blood flow and thus prevented the blood pressure from fluctuating.
Cognitive advantage -
Champagne provides cognitive advantage courtesy of flavonoids and these find their way into this sparkling beverage through the addition of berries, particularly strawbwerries. So every time you pick a strwberry flavored champagne, you would be boosting your cognitive abilities and ensure their functioning long into your old age.
Ask a seasoned drinker and he will point out that having champagne is one of the fastest ways of getting drunk. A deeper look into this belief reveals that this is due to carbonation, meaning the effervesence and bubbles that are the most coveted assets of this beverage. Since these bubbles are an outcome of carbonation, even consuming a single glass is likely to make you feel full and light-heeaded for the entire evening, thus curbing the desire to have more.
So next time you decide to unleash your desire for something elegant, champagne is a good choice which will not just satiate your sense of partying but also add to your health in more ways than one. In essence, it is a beverage that you can consume without even a tinge of guilt.