Health

5 Surprising Health Benefits of Champagne You Have to Know

December 30th 2016

By:
Laura Donovan

Champagne is a New Year's Eve staple, and while the tradition of popping champagne bottles is known for being a celebratory act, there's more to it than just fun and excitement. Bubbly also comes with some surprising health benefits.

Here are five reasons why the fizzy liquid gold aka champagne is actually good for you: 

1. It's good for your heart.

Drinking two glasses of champagne per day might be beneficial to circulation and heart health, according to a study from the University of Reading in December 2009.

"Our research has shown that drinking around two glasses of champagne can have beneficial effects on the way blood vessels function, in a similar way to that observed with red wine," study author Jeremy Spencer said in a release in 2009. "We always encourage a responsible approach to alcohol consumption, but the fact that drinking Champagne has the potential to reduce the risks of suffering from cardiovascular diseases such as heart disease and stroke, is very exciting news."

2. You can use it on your face as a skincare product.

“Champagne detoxifies the skin with antioxidants and lightening tartaric acid helps even out the skin tone,” Marina Peredo, a dermatologist based in Smithtown, New York, told NewBeauty.com in September 2012. “For those with oily skin, its antibacterial properties aid in leaving last year’s breakouts behind.”

3. It will give you beautiful hair.

Hair color specialist Joel Warren told The Beauty Bean writer Alexis Wolfer that champagne can help a person have silkier, softer hair.

"Just mix one-half cup of your favorite champagne with one-half cup of hot water and distribute the mix evenly throughout your hair," Wolfer wrote of Warren's suggestion. "Let it marinate while you are preparing yourself for a night of luxury before rinsing and styling as usual."

4. It could improve your memory.

Drinking up to three glasses of champagne per week may fight memory loss overtime and delay the onset of dementia, according to Jeremy Spencer at the University of Reading in a May 2013 study.

"These exciting results illustrate for the first time that the moderate consumption of champagne has the potential to influence cognitive functioning, such as memory," Spencer said in a release at the time, adding that wine had previously been shown to have a similar impact on memory. "However, our research shows that champagne, which lacks flavonoids, is also capable of influencing brain function through the actions of smaller phenolic compounds, previously thought to lack biological activity. We encourage a responsible approach to alcohol consumption, and our results suggest that a very low intake of one to two glasses a week can be effective."

5. It can get you out of a bad mood.

There's a reason you've always felt better after a glass of champagne. Tran Ky, MD., who co-wrote the book "The Healing Power of Champagne," told Health that champagne has natural trace elements that may help you perk up if you drink moderately.

And if you consume your champagne with fish heavy in omega-3 it will further boost your happiness,  suggested author of "French Women Don't Get Fat Cookbook" Mireille Guiliano.

While keeping in mind that drinking in moderation is always encouraged, it doesn't hurt the next time you have a glass of bubbly to raise your glass and toast to fun and health - cheers!