050913_champagneIt seems you can get more than just kicks from champagne. In a new study, scientists at the Univ. of Reading have found that drinking one to three glasses of champagne a week may help offset or prevent the memory loss associated with aging. They also found that champagne could help delay the onset of degenerative brain disorders, such as dementia.

The active agents are the phenolic compounds found in champagne. These compounds can improve spatial memory, which is responsible for recording information about one’s environment and storing the information for future use. The compounds work by modulating signals in the hippocampus and cortex while favorably altering a number of proteins linked to the effective storage of memories in the brain.  These proteins are known to be depleted with age, making memory storage less efficient and leading to poorer memory in old age as well as conditions such as dementia. By slowing this depletion, champagne may help prevent the cognitive losses that occur with both typical brain aging and degenerative diseases.

White wine doesn’t carry the same benefits. Champagne has relatively high levels of phenolics compared to white wine because of two red grapes — Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier  — that are used in its production along with the white grape Chardonnay. Red wine has also been shown to have a positive effect on memory because of the flavonoids in it.

Of course, as with anything to do with healthy eating, moderation is always best. You can derive the memory benefits of champagne from just one to three glasses a week and previous research has shown that two glasses of champagne a day may be good for your heart and circulation, reducing the risks of suffering from cardiovascular disease.

You can read the entire article on the health benefits of champagne on the Laboratory Equipment website.

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what in green tea_628x363Green tea has generally been considered a healthy beverage. Research has linked its potent antioxidant — epigallocatechin gallate, aka EGCG — to health benefits such as reduced risk of stroke, heart disease, cancer and diabetes.  But as this article on the Prevention website points out, not all green tea is the same,  especially when comparing brewed tea with the bottled varieties.

In an independent test, ConsumerLab.com closely examined green tea products and found that some bottle varieties are just little more than flavored water and the leaves may be contaminated with lead. The lab tests also focused on how accurately the product labeling reflected the amount of antioxidants actually in the teas, whether there were contaminants in the tea and also tested the amount of caffeine.

None of the four green teas selected by ConsumerLab listed the amount of the antioxidant EGCG and that’s no surprise because this antioxidant is lacking in these products. The one brand to list an amount of any kind of antioxidant, Honest Tea Green Tea with Honey, only contained 62.7% of the 190 mg of catechins the 16.9-oz bottle touted. It also had the second highest amount of EGCG of the four bottled green teas tested by the lab with 27.2 mg per 8 oz. Harney & Sons Organic Green had the most EGCG with 46.8 mg and Diet Snapple Green Tea had the least amount at 3.5 mg. All of the bottled teas contained some type of sweetener.

When it comes to brewed teas, green tea brewed from loose leaves had the best and most potent concentration of EGCG. However, some green tea bag brands —   including Bigelow and Lipton Celestial Seasoning’s K-Cup  — also contained concentrations of lead. The study also found that decaffeinated green tea bags, including tea from Salada and Bigelow, did not contain measurable amounts of lead.

So while green tea can be a healthy beverage, it’s important to make an informed choice by knowing what’s in the product. You can read the entire Prevention.com article here.

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To maintain optimal health it’s always a good idea to avoid processed foods whenever possible, because many of the additives in these foods can have negative or even toxic effects on the body. MSG (monosodium glutamate) is an additive that has been implicated in food allergies and other maladies. Although tolerance for MSG varies from person to person, reports of adverse reactions such as skin rashes, headaches, moodiness, irritability, IBS, heart palpitations, depression and more have been documented.

MSG is found in many processed foods, so be sure to read labels carefully. MSG is often “hidden” behind phrases like natural ingredients, natural seasonings, natural flavors or is listed specifically as maltodextrin, gelatin, glutamic acid, citric acid, hydrolyzed yeast, protein isolate, textured protein, hydrolyzed protein, hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP), soy protein extract, autolyzed plant protein, autolyzed yeast, yeast extract, sodium caseinate and modified corn starch.

Syfo Original Seltzer is absolutely free of all additives. The all-natural flavorings in our Naturally-Flavored Sparkling Waters are made from the oils selectively extracted from the peels of fruit. They are extracts and not straight compounds or emulsions. Depending on the flavor, the process uses only vegetable glycerin/and or ethyl alcohol which are both GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) by the FDA.

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Hydration for Good Health

Drink Healthy Beverages for Hydration


Beyond our survival, water is also critically important to our daily health. Many of us routinely feel the effects of too little water. Mild dehydration for instance is one of the most common causes of daytime fatigue. A very small drop in body water can cause problems with short-term memory or the ability to learn in school.

Age-related changes make older adults even more vulnerable to shifts in water balance and can also result in dehydration. Because seniors often have a reduced sense of thirst, dehydration is one of the most frequent causes of hospitalization after age 65.

For everyone, water is essential for both your metabolism (the way your body converts food into energy) and detoxification (eliminating the waste in your body).

Water Facts

  • In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism
    is so weak that it is mistakenfor hunger.
  • Even mild dehydration can slow down a
    person’s metabolism by as much as 3%.
  • One glass of water shut down midnight
    hunger almost 100% of dieters
    in a University of Washingtonstudy.
  • Lack of water is the #1 trigger of
    daytime fatigue.
  • Preliminary research indicates that 8-10
    glasses of water can significantly ease back
    and joint pain for up to 80 %of sufferers.
  • Just a small 2% drop in body water can
    trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble
    with basic math and difficulty focusing on
    the computer screen or on a printed page.
  • Drinking five glasses of water daily
    decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%,
    plus it can cut the risk of breast cancer
    by 79% and bladder cancer by 50%.
  • Obesity can reduce the amount of water in the body to as low as 45%.


The best kinds of beverages to drink are those made with purified water and contain no additives. That’s because things like sugar and caffeine can actually dehydrate you no matter how much you drink. Healthy beverages include purified bottle water as well as seltzers and sparkling waters that can contain no sugars, artificial sweeteners, caffeine, sodium or preservatives.

How much water should I drink?

The amount of water you should drink varies by your weight and level of physical activity, but this formula is a good rule of thumb:

Your weight in pounds ÷ 2 = the ounces of water you need


You can also stay hydrated through the food that you eat. Other hydrating foods include asparagus, carrots, watermelon, cantaloupe, blueberries, grape, cabbage, cauliflower, oranges, apples, bananas, grapefruit and tomatoes.


Drinking water and healthy beverages can make a big difference in your life. For more health tips, visit our health section.

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No Phosphoric Acid in Syfo Beverages

You can be assured that there is absolutely no phosphoric acid in any Syfo carbonated beverage.Phosphoric acid is deliberately added in some carbonated soft drinks to give them a sharper flavor and keep the bubbles from going flat.

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