Chicken Soup: more than a delicious winter warmer
Chicken soup is delicious for chilly winter evenings or weekends but did you know research is showing this this popular soup to have significant health benefits? Tradition has long held that chicken soup is a remedy for colds and flu. Who hasn’t been told by an older friend or relative to have chicken soup whenever they get sick?
Latest research published in the American Journal of Therapeutics has shown this tradition is no old wives’ tail. Researchers have identified a compound in chicken soup, carnosine, which helps the body fight the early stages of flu.
It seems chicken soup helps relieve cold and flu symptoms in two ways. First, as an anti-inflammatory that inhibits the movement of neutrophils — immune system cells that participate in the body’s inflammatory response. Secondly it helps speed up the movement of mucous which in turn helps relieve congestion and limits the length of time the viruses are in contact with the nose lining.
Make sure you have enough to last you a couple of days though as it seems the benefits end once the soup’s excreted by the body.