Yes, there is science behind the age-old adage that chicken soup helps cure the common cold! At the most basic level, the warm liquid is hydrating, helps loosen mucus and eases sore throats. In addition, preliminary research shows the ingredients in chicken soup may have unique medicinal properties. “A study conducted at the University of Nebraska Medical Center found something more: The broth, vegetables and chicken in a soup tested in a lab all showed anti-inflammatory properties. The researchers studied the movement of neutrophils (white blood cells) and found they were reduced by chicken soup, suggesting the soup might have an anti-inflammatory effect, which may ease symptoms and shorten upper respiratory tract infections,” says Caroline Kaufman, M.S., RDN. Known as “Grandma’s Soup,” the recipe used in the study includes chicken, onions, sweet potatoes, parsnips, turnips, carrots, celery stems, parsley, salt and pepper.
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