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Truth in Heart Healthy Old Wives Tales

June 28, 2011

Britain’s NetDoctor.co.uk found that some old wives' remedies have more than a kernel of truth to them.” Here are a few:

An apple a day keeps the doctor away

An apple a day for heart healthAn apple a day can help you reap a large amount of health points say various studies – which show there are excellent health benefits to eating an apple between three and five times a week.

Apples contain a potent antioxidant called phenol, which studies have discovered has a DNA protective effect, with possible cancer preventative properties'.

Garlic keeps your blood healthy

A study from University of Adelaide suggests garlic may treat hypertension. People with high blood pressure who took garlic supplements daily for up to five months saw their blood pressure levels drop significantly.

Recent studies in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition also suggest that garlic may:

  • lower total cholesterol (including LDL 'bad' cholesterol)
  • help keep blood thin, reducing the risk of blood clots and strokes.

Tomatoes for a longer life

This remedy all comes down to the lycopene found in tomatoes, which aids the body in fighting certain cancers and possibly heart disease.

Chicken soup cures a cold

Dr Stephen Rennard, of the University of Nebraska Medical Centre, carried out experiments with chicken soup and discovered that chicken soup could:

  • inhibit the migration of white blood cells, which may cause chesty coughs
  • the amino acid cysteine found in chicken can help thin mucus
  • the pepper in the soup acts like over-the-counter medicines which help ease congestion.

A tipple a day is good for your heart

As long as that tipple is red wine…a glass could help to reduce blood pressure, lower cholesterol and benefit your heart. 

Certain chemicals present in red wine, including polyphenols and procyanidins, can interfere with the production of a protein that clogs arteries and increases the risk of a heart attack