Truth in the myths

It seems as though the old wives tales article peaked some interest amongst readers, as I was given some more to research and to verify if and how they actually work. So here goes:

DRINKING WARM MILK LEAVES YOU SLEEPY

I wonder if this applies to powdered milk as well, so to be on the safe side let’s say this refers to cow’s milk. Fresh cow’s milk contains Tryptophan; this amino acid is also found in turkey, the bird not the country, and is said to account for the drowsy feeling associated after a big turkey meal!

But studies suggest that the amount of tryptophan found in milk, is not enough to send you to sleep. There is evidence that the effect may be more psychological than anything else.

Andrew Klein, a writer for New York University’s Scienceline said: “Infants often go right to sleep after breast feeding. When an adult enjoys a glass of warm milk, they may just be taking an unconscious, nostalgic trip back to this ‘happy place’.”

Some people believe that the warmth of the milk at night causes certain chemical changes in our bodies, to bring that warm woozy feeling. In that case then, it may not matter if it is powdered milk or not.

So the verdict is out on this one still.

AN APPLE A DAY KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY

The University of Ulster has found that apple phenols protect the DNA in colon cancer, attesting that “Our results indicate that a crude extract of apple phenolics can protect against DNA damage”. Some persons suggest that the apple boosts your immune system as well.

Drinking a glass of juice or eating two apples daily can be helpful. The red skin of the apple also helps to reduce the size of the prostate gland, because of the quercetin found in the red skins of the apple.

LONG HOT BATHS REDUCE SPERM COUNT

Science has found this to be true. A study conducted at the University of San Francisco asked men who normally took hour-long baths to shower instead. The surprising results were that half of the men had sperm counts that rose by 500 per cent.

Smoking also affects sperm count. Sperm needs to be cool, which explains why testes are outside the body rather than tucked up in the pelvic cavity.

Tight jeans can also affect sperm count.

LONG LABOUR, MUST BE A BOY

Researchers at Dublin’s National Maternity Hospital published a study done on 8,000 births, showing that mothers of boys were significantly more likely to have longer labour and more complications.

CARROTS HELP YOU TO SEE BETTER

Whilst carrots cannot give you 20/20 vision, it will help you to see better because of the beta-carotene and the Vitamin A found in them, prevents vision problems like cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration and night blindness.

DRINK CRANBERRY JUICE FOR A BLADDER INFECTION

We have all heard about this one, and it is true, but what does it do for an infection. A study done at Harvard Medical School showed that the properties in cranberries destroy bacteria clinging to the wall of the bladder. So maybe cranberry juice may work better to prevent bladder infections.

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