Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Wine, Chocolate and Tea boost memory

News after my own heart! One more reason to drink a glass of red wine at meal times. And even if the researchers do say that effects level off after half a glass, I think I'll keep to my 'one glass' - you never know what they may find after a few years ... lol! I love my cuppa tea at least 3 or 4 times a day. All I have to do now is start on chocolate. Keeping to just 4 squares is going to be hard!!!

Researchers from Oxford University's Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics discovered that wine has the most pronounced effect in boosting people's memory, followed by chocolate and tea. And those who regularly consume all three in modest amounts were found to perform best when asked to carry out a series of brain tests. Chocolate, wine and tea are thought to improve cognitive ability because they all contain micronutrients called flavonoids, which research has suggested can lower risks of dementia.

However, those hoping to use the findings as justification for gorging on chocolates and enjoying a generous tipple over Christmas will be disappointed. The study also discovered that the positive effects levelled out after just half a glass of wine and only four squares of chocolate. The researchers warned people not to use the research to binge drink in the hope of improving their memories. They stressed that while moderate alcohol consumption is associated with better cognitive function and reduced risk of Alzheimer's disease and dementia, heavy alcohol intake could be a cause of dementia and other health problems.

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