Among the oldest, and perhaps the wisest, cold and flu remedies is Grandma's favourite - chicken soup. Not only is it comfort food of the highest order, experts say there is some real science behind the cure.
"When compared with 'pseudo soup' - a hot liquid that contains the same amount of proteins, sugars, carbohydrates, but not made from chicken - studies show chicken soup does have some mysterious healing properties over and above just being a hot, nutritious liquid. A study published in the journal Chest showed that chicken soup stopped the movement of neutrophils - white blood cells that stimulate the release of mucus.
Immediately following infection with a virus, the body moves large amounts of neutrophils to the site of the inflammation, causing a rush of symptoms that can range from a runny nose to severe chest congestion. Inhibiting that movement, say experts, may be one reason why chicken soup makes you feel better.
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