September 16, 2016 – It turns out that all that sniffing and swirling that wine geeks love to indulge in is not just an affectation after all. New research published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience shows it might just be a very healthy habit.
People with acute or heightened olfactory sense may be protected from Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s diseases. Research conducted by the Cleveland Clinic’s Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas tested 13 sommeliers against 13 non-wine people, mostly students, using a variety of olfactory and visual tests, including MRI scans. They found that the sommeliers’ brains were thicker in certain places, specifically those tied to smell and memory.
The olfactory and memory parts of the brain are the regions impacted first by neurodegenerative diseases. The researchers said, “Overall, these differences suggest that specialized expertise and training might result in enhancements in the brain well into adulthood.”
So go ahead and sniff and swirl to your heart’s content cheered by this good news which comes in addition to our earlier report on the study at Reading University in the U.K. that found that Champagne can help with dementia and Alzheimer’s.