Chicken Soup as Cold Relief
Can you feel the change in the air? The crispness in the morning and night and the nice breeze during the day? It’s Fall! At the office, we’re more than ready for Autumn to officially arrive. As it is, we’ve had a few days here and there of the changing weather. In a few weeks, it should be permanent. But as much as we love Fall and the holidays, something else comes with it: flu season. There are all sorts of over the counter medications and prescriptions, but one homemade treatment is easier than you might think. Usually seen as a placebo effect, or just something your mother fed you as a child, chicken soup has actually been shown to help with colds.
One thing to know is that this isn’t a hard and fast rule – when you have the flu, there’s a good chance that chicken noodle soup isn’t going to cure it singlehandedly. But studies have shown that even if it isn’t a cure, there are certain antibiotic properties in chicken soup that promote health when you’re sick.
In one study, it’s theorized that something in the soup stimulates neutrophils, which are the white blood cells that help fight infections. In another study, between participants who drank hot water versus chicken soup, the volunteers who drank the soup had better mucous flow. In other words, stuffy noses weren’t as much of an issue.
Ultimately, whether or not chicken soup can actually help cure the common cold or flu, it’s still a great choice for the coming months. The chicken and vegetables provide healthy nutrients, and as it gets colder, warm soups are always a go-to comfort food.
Michelle, Doctor Becerra’s wife, has a recipe on her blog for a Lemon Chicken Quinoa Soup, which is full of veggies and healthy grains. The best part about chicken soup as a “cold cure” is that it also tastes great – no flu needed to have an excuse to eat it!