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Cheers to our HEALTH! Really. "Champagne" [sparkling wines] are good for you

BX BUBBLES Blanc de Noirs Brut contains pinot noir black wine grapes which were essential ingredients to the results of the study. Make sure you don't mistake any bottle of fizz for the proper stuff, but seek the pinot noir components of bubbles.

I love it when good news comes from new research. So let's celebrate! No, really, I mean the research says it's healthy to pop the cork on that Blanc de Noirs, regularly, and celebrate. The newest buzz is a study about SPARKLING WINE - shortened in our English vernacular slang to CHAMPAGNE (one word is better than two?) which in actuality only applies to sparkling wines from the Champagne region of France. But the point of this study's finds relates to all BUBBLES (my one word answer to sparkling wines of the world) that contain black wine grapes such as pinot noir. 

So what's the news on it? That's it actually HEALTHY to have ... 3 glasses of bubbles a week, even better than none! Now we can truly say CHEERS TO OUR HEALTH over that gorgeous flickering tulip flute.

Here are a few articles on this topic. Two points to keep in mind:

  • The research points to bubbles made from black grapes so look for bottles labeled "Blanc de Noirs" which means pinot noir grapes went into it (though not necessarily 100%). SHAMELESS PLUG: BX BUBBLES ARE BLANC DE NOIRS!
  • This study was conducted on lab rats (lucky rats!)


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by Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online

Researchers from Reading University have found that three glasses of champagne per week could help prevent the onset of brain disorders such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The team discovered that a compound found in black wine grapes (Pinot noir and Pinot meunier) help fight forgetfulness.

Champagne, which is made using these types of grapes, could now be just the right beverage for tackling dementia before it has a chance to set in. This is not the first time the bubbly has been touted for its health benefits. The same Reading team found in 2009 that champagne is good for the heart and blood circulation.

The memory-helping compound in champagne, however, is much different: phenolic acid. About 80 percent of all champagne is made from the two black grape varieties blended together with a white Chardonnay grape. The researchers, led by Jimmy Spencer, a biochemistry professor at Reading, found that phenolic acid provokes a noticeable boost to spatial memory, allowing the ability to recognize surroundings and help people find their way home.

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By Victoria Ward for The Telegraph UK

Prof Spencer told the Mail on Sunday: "The results were dramatic. After rats consumed champagne regularly, there was a 200 per cent increase of proteins important for determining effective memory. This occurred in rats after just six weeks. We think it would take about three years in humans.
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The study showed three glasses of sparkling wine a day improved memory and could theoretically hinder brain disorders such as dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Further study is required (we call dibs), but it appears the compound found in the black grapes (pinot noir and pinot meunier) used for these wines are the key. These are the same saintly, Nobel Prize-deserving researchers who discovered champagne has similar heart benefits to cocoa (read: chocolate) and red wine. How do you say "happiest lab on Earth" in Swedish?
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Cheers! Now *POP* that bottle of BX Bubbles Blanc de Noirs!
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Red Wine Compound Activates Gene Needed for Healthy Cells

More on the debate on the effectiveness and amount of resveratrol in humans...
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Harvard scientists said they have settled a debate over whether a compound found in red wine activates a gene that keeps cells healthy.

Researchers repeated a 10-year old study using a new method to validate earlier findings that resveratrol turns on a gene that recharges mitochondria, tiny structures that produce fuel for cells. By revving up mitochondria, the agent may protect against aging-related diseases, said David Sinclair, a Harvard Medical School genetics professor and the study’s senior author.

Sinclair’s earlier research was disputed in studies in 2009 and 2010 saying that resveratrol only activated the gene, a sirtuin called SIRT1, in experiments that used a synthetic fluorescent chemical to track activity. Since these chemicals aren’t found in cells or nature, other studies said the effect would only work in lab tests and not in humans. The new study, published today in the journal Science, got rid of the chemical.

“Controversy is a difficult thing to deal with, and I hope this paper gives some clarity to the field,” Sinclair said in a telephone interview.

The Harvard group set out to see if the effect was an artifact of the synthetic chemicals or was something that occurred naturally as well. They swapped out the fluorescent chemicals for a group of naturally occurring amino acids, including tryptophan, and found resveratrol did activate SIRT1.

Resveratrol Drugs
Sinclair’s earlier work led to the formation of Sirtris Pharmaceuticals which focuses on developing drugs from resveratrol. GlaxoSmithKline Plc (GSK) acquired the company in 2008 for $720 million. A little more than two years later, Glaxo shelved development of the lead compound from that acquisition, SRT501, when the medicine didn’t appear to work well enough in cancer patients and worsened kidney damage.

Resveratrol is currently being tested in at least two dozen clinical trials to gauge its effects on human health. It’s also packaged as a natural supplement, with $34 million in U.S. sales last year, according to the Nutrition Business Journal.

Further doubt was cast on resveratrol’s abilities after a prominent researcher and promoter of the compound, Dipak Das, who was the director of the University of Connecticut Health Center’s cardiovascular research center, was found to have fabricated and falsified data in numerous studies...

To contact the reporter on this story: Ryan Flinn in San Francisco at rflinn@bloomberg.net



Mayo Clinic: Red wine and resveratrol: Good for your heart?

Red wine and something in red wine called resveratrol might be heart healthy. Find out the facts, and hype, regarding red wine and its impact on your heart.  By Mayo Clinic staff

Red wine, in moderation, has long been thought of as heart healthy. The alcohol and certain substances in red wine called antioxidants may help prevent heart disease by increasing levels of "good" cholesterol and protecting against artery damage. While the news about red wine might sound great if you enjoy a glass of red wine with your evening meal, doctors are wary of encouraging anyone to start drinking alcohol. That's because too much alcohol can have many harmful effects on your body...

How is red wine heart healthy?
...Antioxidants in red wine called polyphenols may help protect the lining of blood vessels in your heart. A polyphenol called resveratrol is one substance in red wine that's gotten attention.

Resveratrol in red wine
Resveratrol might be a key ingredient in red wine that helps prevent damage to blood vessels, reduces "bad" cholesterol and prevents blood clots. Research in mice given resveratrol suggests that the antioxidant might also help protect them from obesity and diabetes, both of which are strong risk factors for heart disease. However, those findings were reported only in mice, not in people. In addition, to get the same dose of resveratrol used in the mice studies, a person would have to drink over 60 liters of red wine every day. Some research shows that resveratrol could be linked to a reduced risk of inflammation and blood clotting, both of which can lead to heart disease...

Resveratrol in grapes, supplements and other foods
The resveratrol in red wine comes from the skin of grapes used to make wine. Because red wine is fermented with grape skins longer than is white wine, red wine contains more resveratrol. Simply eating grapes, or drinking grape juice, has been suggested as one way to get resveratrol without drinking alcohol. Red and purple grape juices may have some of the same heart-healthy benefits of red wine. Other foods that contain some resveratrol include peanuts, blueberries and cranberries...

How does alcohol help the heart?
Various studies have shown that moderate amounts of all types of alcohol benefit your heart, not just alcohol found in red wine. It's thought that alcohol:
  • Raises high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, the "good" cholesterol
  • Reduces the formation of blood clots
  • Helps prevent artery damage caused by high levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, the "bad" cholesterol

Drink in moderation — or not at all
Red wine's potential heart-healthy benefits look promising. Those who drink moderate amounts of alcohol, including red wine, seem to have a lower risk of heart disease... Neither the American Heart Association nor the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute recommend that you start drinking alcohol just to prevent heart disease. Alcohol can be addictive and can cause or worsen other health problems.

Drinking too much increases your risk of high blood pressure, high triglycerides, liver damage, obesity, certain types of cancer, accidents and other problems. In addition, drinking too much alcohol regularly can cause cardiomyopathy — weakened heart muscle — causing symptoms of heart failure in some people. If you have heart failure or a weak heart, you should avoid alcohol completely. If you take aspirin daily, you should avoid or limit alcohol, depending on your doctor's advice. You also shouldn't drink alcohol if you're pregnant. 

If you already drink red wine, do so in moderation. Moderate drinking is defined as an average of two drinks a day for men and one drink a day for women. The limit for men is higher because men generally weigh more and have more of an enzyme that metabolizes alcohol than women do. A drink is defined as 12 ounces (355 milliliters, or mL) of beer, 5 ounces (148 mL) of wine or 1.5 ounces (44 mL) of 80-proof distilled spirits.


Only Red Wine Health? Think Again: Benefits of Champagne

And by champagne, we of course mean the category of all sparkling wines.... Red wine always gets the props for "wine health" but did you know that sparkling wine also has great benefits? Mind you, sparkling wine is higher in calories, but you're still boosting your body while enjoying one of life's most luxurious indulgences. So cheers to you next time you're enjoying my BX Bubbles Blanc de Noirs Brut -- consider it a work out with pleasure!
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BUBBLES FOR MIND AND BODY BLISS
I asked my friend, nationally recognized nutrition expert and published author Keri Glassman, to weigh in on how indulging in a little champagne can offer better health.

Lowers blood pressure
Glassman shares that in 2009, research from the British Journal of Nutrition found that champagne has health benefits similar to those often attributed to red wine. ...  "However, only the champagne drinkers experienced a slower removal of nitric oxide from their blood." What does this mean? "Sipping a few glasses of champagne may lower blood pressure and potentially reduce your risk of stroke and heart disease."

Contains antioxidants
When you’re enjoying that mimosa with brunch, pat yourself on the back, because champagne contains antioxidants – "powerful nutrients that work to contain the damage caused by free-roaming radicals in our bodies," according to Glassman. "Free-roaming radicals are often linked to disease, fatigue and weight gain. Antioxidants are important because they 'quench' these radicals and help protect our cells from damage and death. "Champagne and red wines both contain high levels of polyphenols, a kind of antioxidant. But unlike red wine, champagne is high in a specific form of polyphenol that has been shown to defend nerve cells from injury... Pairing champagne with orange, grapefruit or cranberry juice also ups the antioxidant ante and makes for a most charming cocktail.

Boosts your mood
I had no idea that champagne also offers us a mental boost (isn’t that awesome?), but Glassman says "just a few glasses of champagne can [help] protect your brain from damage that is commonly associated with Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, and stroke... 

Recipes with Champagne...