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Bottoms Up! New Study Reveals Wine Can Offset Dementia

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We all know that wine has various health benefits. Those who really love vino will tell you all about it…over and over again. But a recent study backs up that claim even further, and wine lovers can now point to science when they engage in these conversations.

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The study was published in Scientific Reports and concludes that drinking two glasses of wine per day may potentially reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. The study revealed that wine has an effect on the way your brain removes toxins. This process, known as glymphatic function, is crucial to brain health and flushes out proteins that accumulate in the brain and can eventually lead to Alzheimer’s and dementia.

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Scientists experimented on mice and found that the little creatures who drank the equivalent of 2.6 glasses of wine daily had brains that removed more waste and had less inflammation. Predictably, the mice who had too much to drink exhibited sluggishness in their glymphatic systems.

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The lead author of the study commented on the findings: “Studies have shown that low-to-moderate alcohol intake is associated with a lesser risk of dementia, while heavy drinking for many years confers an increased risk of cognitive decline. This study may help explain why this occurs. Specifically, low doses of alcohol appear to improve overall brain health.”

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So drink up! But only have a couple. Your brain will thank you.

h/t: Mental Floss