The health cliches that actually turn out to be absolutely true

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Yale researchers found avoiding a cold could be as simple as wrapping up Here are some other health mantras you might have dismissed

By Angela Epstein for the Daily Mail

Published: 19:05 EST, 19 January 2015 | Updated: 19:25 EST, 19 January 2015

An apple a day may reduce the risk of heart attack

We may not have taken mum's homespun advice seriously when we were younger, however increasing evidence now suggests that some of her nuggets of so-called wisdom may contain more than a grain of truth, especially when it comes to our health.

Earlier this month researchers at Yale University found that avoiding a cold could be as simple as wrapping up when you venture out in winter, just as your mother always told you.

A cold virus typically enters through the nose. In a study of mice, the researchers found that the immune response was greater if the nose temperature was 37c (body temperature) compared with 33c, and concluded that a scarf over the nose could help ward off illness.

Here are some other health mantras you might have dismissed as silly, but which contain important advice for our wellbeing.

AN APPLE A DAY KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY

An apple a day may reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke by 12 per cent, and could be as effective as a statin, according to researchers from Oxford University.

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The health cliches that actually turn out to be absolutely true

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