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Boost your brain power this holiday season

Boost your brain power this holiday season

Champagne

Cheers! Sipping one to three glasses of bubbly a week improves memory and may delay onset of dementia.  Researchers at the University of Reading found that moderate consumption of Champagne wine provides health promoting compounds.  Phenolic compounds were shown to slow down cognitive loss associated with aging.  Champaign is also linked to benefiting the heart and circulation.

Hot Chocolate

Nothing warms you up better on a cold winter day than a cup of hot cocoa.  But did you know that it can also prevent memory decline? A Harvard University study suggests that drinking two cups of hot chocolate a day can keep your brain healthy.  Cocoa was shown to improve reasoning skills and recall.  How does this works? Polyphenols, anti-oxidants found in cocoa, increase blood flow to the brain, thus improving brain function.

Apple Cider Beverage

Warm up this holiday season with a warm cup of hot apple cider.  Apples contain anti-oxidant quercetin, a nerve protective compound.  It was shown to protect against oxidative stress associated with Alzheimer disease.  Add warming herbs such as ginger and cinnamon to benefit digestion, control blood sugar and boost the immune system.

In Health,

Dr. Anna

References:

1) Corona G, Vauzour D, Hercelin J, Williams CM, Spencer JP. Phenolic acid intake, delivered via moderate champagne wine consumption, improves spatial working memory via the modulation of hippocampal and cortical protein expression/activation.

Antioxid Redox Signal. 2013 Nov 10;19(14):1676-89. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2345847

2) Sorond FA, Hurwitz S, Salat DH, Greve DN, Fisher ND. Neurovascular coupling, cerebral white matter integrity, and response to cocoa in older people. Neurology. 2013 Sep 3;81(10):904-9.

3) Heo HJ, Lee CY. Protective effects of quercetin and vitamin C against oxidative stress-induced neurodegeneration. J Agric Food Chem. 2004 Dec 15;52(25):7514-7.