Cold Rx: Chicken Noodle Soup

13 12 2010

Winter is officially here, bringing with it cold and dry air. Cold viruses thrive in dry conditions. This is one reason colds are more common in the winter. I was reading a newsletter from the Mayo Clinic about cold remedies and it discussed why chicken noodle soup works. Chicken noodle soup has been used for decades to treat sick children. Now scientists have found two ways that it may work to relieve cold and flu symptoms. First, researchers at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, found that the soup acts as an anti-inflammatory specifically affecting immune system cells. Second, it helps maintain hydration. This will speed up the movement of mucus; possibly relieving congestion and limiting the amount of time viruses are in contact with the nose lining.

Bottom Line: Your mother was right. Chicken soup can make you feel better.

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