A strong immune system doesn’t just fend off spring viruses—UCLA researchers say it also protects against Alzheimer’s disease!  That’s because your hardworking immune cells act like tiny brain janitors, sweeping away harmful plaque deposits. To shore up your body’s defenses today—and protect your brain health tomorrow…

  • Read a great book.   Taking a 30-minute break each day for an absorbing read will cut your risk of spring colds by 40%—and it will make your Alzheimer’s disease risk plunge by an amazing 60%, report researchers at Kentucky’s University of Louisville.  The magic of regular book breaks? They give you a blissful escape from the daily grind, which cuts your production of immunity-weakening stress hormones in half!

  • Feast on fish.  Enjoy two 6-oz servings of your favorite fish or seafood weekly and your Alzheimer’s risk will drop by 62%.  Plus, if you do develop a bothersome viral infection, you’ll bounce back in just half the time, new research suggests.  Explains study co-author Sandra Kalmijn, MD the healthy fats in fish energize a specific group of immune cells (macrophages) that chew up dangerous brain plaques and invading viruses.

  • Sip a little wine.  Red or white, wine is brimming with immunity-boosting compounds called Polyphenols, and a study in the journal Biological Research suggests that these healing gems can reduce your risk of viral infections—and Alzheimer’s disease—by 58%.  Explains study author Luc Letenneur, Ph.D., 4 oz to 8 oz. daily will give you this great protection, plus it will cut your stroke risk by 30%!

  • Take the sunshine vitamin.  If your not getting 20 minutes of sun exposure daily—which can be tricky in March—taking 3,000 IU of vitamin D-3 is key.  British researchers say D-3, the nutrient your skin makes when exposed to UV light, single-handedly cuts your risk of colds and other viral ills in half, plus it reduces your lifetime risk of Alzheimer’s disease by as much as 55%.  Note: Check with a doctor before supplementing.

                (written by Brenda Kearns for Woman’s World)