How to use the 'buddy system' to save your precious memories

There are some things in life that are just better together.

Whether it's bacon and eggs... Laurel and Hardy... or Simon and Garfunkel... the combination of the two just ends up being greater than the sum of its parts.

Sure, each of them is great on their own -- but once you experience them as a pair, it's hard to imagine having one or the other on its own.

Turns out the same is true with some of the amazing healing compounds we find in nature.

For instance, from previous studies, we've already known that two vital nutrients -- vitamin D (a.k.a. the "sunshine" vitamin) and resveratrol -- can each lower your risk of developing dementia individually.

But according to a new study, they're even better when COMBINED -- because this terrific twosome can protect your brain against Alzheimer's.

Together, they can even improve Alzheimer's-related memory problems if you're already having them!

In the study out of China, the researchers fed either vitamin D, resveratrol, or a vitamin D-resveratrol combo to mice with Alzheimer's-like memory troubles.

By the end of the study, it turned out that the memory-impaired mice who received the vitamin D-resveratrol combination performed significantly BETTER on memory tests than their counterparts who received only one (or none) of these nutrients.

Not only that, but the one-two punch also decreased levels of beta amyloid in the mice's hippocampuses, a region of their brains (and yours) involved in memory.

And that's especially important -- because if you have excess beta amyloid in your brain, it can clump together and lead to the plaques and tangles of Alzheimer's!

So, if you have Alzheimer's or simply want to avoid it, step into the sunshine more often and don't be shy about enjoying a glass of red wine with dinner on a regular basis.

And as the sunny days of summer give way to the gray skies of fall and winter, don't worry -- because you can still keep your D levels up by adding foods like fish (particularly salmon, catfish, and sardines), beef liver, egg yolks, and mushrooms to your diet.

Vitamin D supplements are also available online or from your local health food store for just pennies a day.

And if you don't care for red wine, don't substitute white -- because resveratrol is present only in the skins of red grapes.

The absolute best way to get enough resveratrol without becoming a lush is to invest in a high-quality resveratrol supplement.