Chicken Soup: Cure For Common Cold, Immune Booster
Again, Dr. Juliane Schlag highlights the healing properties for The Conversation.
The scientific evidence
While there is a cultural belief that chicken soup has therapeutic properties, researchers cannot determine exactly why chicken soup, or which content of it, has a curative effect.
Who knows, a turkey broth might be a fitting substitute. And, after Christmas, most people could do with a little pick-me-up.
Here is what we do know about chicken soup’s curative properties:
• Marvin Sackner, in 1978, conducted a study showing that drinking chicken soup was significantly better at clearing up congestion in the nose than drinking hot or cold water.
• In 1980, Irwin Ziment showed that chicken broth helps to thin mucus in the lungs – with a better effect being achieved when the broth was spiced.
• His study was followed up in 2000 by Stephen Rennard, who argued that chicken soup, by reducing mucus in the lungs, supported the white blood cells in fighting a cold.
• Generally, the calcium content of the soup increases with the duration of cooking and, depending on the composition, can have a mild anti-inflammatory effect.
• Chicken soup is also said to have a calming effect, which has led some to claim it can also heal the soul.
• One study found soup helps clear a congested nose better than hot water.
• Also reduces mucus in lungs and supports white blood cells fighting a cold.
• Calcium from the chicken meat has a mild anti-inflammatory effect.
Adapted from MailOnline