A Norwegian study reports a correlation between moderate wine consumption and enhanced cognitive functioning. Definitely wine for thought.
The Tromsø Study included some 5,000 men and women. Their average age was 58, and none of them had ever suffered a stroke. One of the things that makes the study so strong is the subjects were followed over a seven year period and given cognitive functioning tests throughout.
Women who consumed wine at least four or more times over a two week period were less likely to have a poor test score than women who consumed less than once.
But to be fair, we have to take into account the potential influence of quality dietary and lifestyle habits. The study’s demographic wasn’t known for living wild and reckless lives.
Significantly lower cognitive functioning was noted in women who didn’t drink at all.
Now, the results of the study aren’t exactly earth-shaking. Scores of studies have shown the correlation between light to moderate alcohol consumption and enhanced cognitive functioning – within a variety of demographic and geographic contexts.
And it’s also believed there’s a reduction in the risk for dementia – including Alzheimer’s Disorder.
So what’s in wine that brings such great news?
Well, it’s likely due to the effects of a variety of micro-elements, including polyphenol antioxidants.
Polyphenols are richly present in grapes, apples, blackberries, blueberries, cantaloupe, cherries, broccoli, onions, celery, honey, and more.
Wine, chocolate, green tea, bee pollen, olive oil, and all sorts of grains are also rich sources of polyphenols.
But a quick heads-up – the jury’s still out with regard to supplements working just as well as the Real McCoy.
And there’s more good news – the benefits of polyphenol antioxidants go beyond the potential for enhanced cognition. Let’s add these to the mix…
- Reduction of inflammatory dynamics, leading to a lower risk for coronary artery disease
- Reduction and/or prevention of tumors
- Potential for slowing the process of skin-wrinkling
So sipping that occasional glass of vino seems to be a good thing in terms of enhanced cognitive functioning in our later years. And there appear to be other benefits. What’s not to like?
Cheers! Unless, of course, you’d rather munch on broccoli and onions…
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