Drink Up, Science Says Champagne Is Actually Good For You

by Jerriann Sullivan
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Champagne is good for you. Happy New Year

If we told you champagne was good for you, what would you say? Probably, “shut up!” Then we’d say, “No, you shut up!” We’re giving you a gift in the form of some guilt-free holiday imbibing. Champagne doesn’t just make every party better, it actually does some beneficial things for the body.

Here’s a list. You’re welcome.

We already knew champagne was great for broken hearts but turns out the bubbly also keeps your heart healthy. Apparently, it contains high levels of polyphenols, which are the antioxidants that lower blood pressure and prevent heart issues. And according to Dr. Jeremy Spencer you should finish your first glass and pour another. “We have found that a couple of glasses a day has a beneficial effect on the walls of blood vessels – which suggests champagne has the potential to reduce strokes and heart disease,” Spencer told the Guardian. “It is very exciting news.” Feel free to print this out and hand it to your partner when they ask about all the empty bottles in the recycling bin.

Instead of slathering on some DIY face mask set aside some of your drinking wine for your complexion. Dip a cotton ball into the magic potion then apply it to your face and throat. “Champagne detoxifies the skin with antioxidants and lightening tartaric acid helps even out the skin tone,” dermatologist Marina Peredo explained. “For those with oily skin, its antibacterial properties aid in leaving last year’s breakouts behind.” A friend actually convinced me to do this once after a few too many glasses. Turns out she isn’t as crazy as we thought. 10/10 would recommend.

If you’re worried about the NYE party banter, don’t fret because the famous French bubbly will likely make you more clever. Remember Dr. Spencer who let us know about the heart benefits of champagne? Well, the dude is dedicated to using science in defense of champagne. In one of his studies, doc tested rats who drank champs every day. Talk about living the life.

He found out that those decadent rodents were better at their mazes than their friends who stayed sober. Spencer, ever the champagne enthusiast, said: “The 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.”

You could end up drinking less alcohol overall when you’re sipping on champagne, too. That’s because the bubbles go to your head faster than other boozy concoctions leaving you feeling tipsier faster. Some lovely researchers at the University of Oxford found that people who drank champagne had higher levels of alcohol after 20 minutes than the study participants who just consumed flat sparkling wine. “It was decided that fizz gets into the blood stream quicker as a result of the carbonation ‘rushing’ the alcohol from the stomach to the small intestine,” The Telegraph reported. This finding could help stop you from overindulging.

And if you’re feeling blue or exhausted from the holiday season your ol’ friend champs has you covered again. According to Dr. Tran Ky, champagne contains natural trace elements that could boost your mood if you sip the special sauce in moderation. If you’re feeling extra down in the dumps, pair the bubbly with a fish dish. Mireille Guiliano, the author of French Women Don’t Get Fat Cookbook, recommends making salmon or mackerel because they’re rich in omega-3s and those will also make you feel merrier.

We don’t know about you, but writing this made us want to pop a bottle right this minute. Who needs New Year’s Eve, science clearly shows that champagne is a treat best served daily. Just remember to sprinkle some water in between your flutes because we can all agree champagne hangovers are the worst.