Saturday, February 7th, 2015
Stuffy head? Fever? Fatigue? Achy? Even our healthiest patients fall prey to the common cold. For centuries, mothers around the globe have touted the soothing effects of chicken noodle soup during cold and flu season. Is it just that the warm soup is a comfort food that triggers us to reminisce about the good ole ’days when you were sick… and you stayed in bed… under the careful watch of mom?
Or, is there real stock (no pun intended!) about the healing effects of chicken soup?
“Chicken noodle soup really does make you feel better when you have a cold. The thought is that the annoying cold symptoms of a cough and runny nose are related to your body’s inflammatory immune response to fighting off the invading virus,” says Dr. Stephen Rennard, whose findings were published in the Journal Chest.The study says:
Chicken soup appears to inhibit neutrophil chemotaxis, or the movement of certain immune cells to mucous membrane surfaces. The migration of these cells to surface cells in the airways may be partially responsible for mucous production. The scientists concluded that chicken soup may have anti-inflammatory properties that help dampen cold symptoms.
It also said chicken soup helps you:
They key ingredients:
Sounds like, as usual, mom was right! Here is one of our favorite chicken soup recipes packed with immunity-boosting antioxidants.
Dice the carrots, celery and onion and put in a large soup pot with the chicken. Cover with cold water. Heat and simmer, uncovered, until the chicken meat falls off of the bones.
Take everything out of the pot. Strain the broth. Pick the meat off of the bones and discard bones. Season the broth with salt and pepper to taste. Return the chicken meat, carrots, celery and onion to the pot, stir together and serve.