Chicken Soup helps aid recovery - great when down with miserable colds and flu
The "Guts" of Chicken Broth
When you are feeling under the weather, it seems that everything hot helps to make you feel better. However, the good thing about chicken soup is that - properly prepared such as the recipes below - it is loaded with valuable nutrients.
Chicken: Chicken contains an amino acid called cysteine, a substance released when you make the soup.
This amino acid is similar to acetylcysteine, which may be a pharmaceutical prescription for bronchial infection. Its action is on the mucous in the lungs and it helps to thin flemmy chests, enabling an expectorant action to become softer and easier to elimate.
As a bonus research has shown that hot chicken vapors have been proven more effective than hot water vapors in clearing out the cold in your nose.
Carrots, one of the routine vegetable ingredients found in chicken soup, are the best natural source of beta-carotene. The body takes that beta-carotene and converts it to vitamin A. Vitamin A helps prevent and fight off infections by enhancing the actions of white blood cells that destroy harmful bacteria and viruses.
Onions, another chicken soup regular, contains quercetin, a powerful anti-oxidant that is also a natural anti-histamine, and anti-inflammatory.
CHICKEN BROTH IS BEST WHEN THERE IS INFLUENZA OR MORE SERIOUS ILLNESS
SPICING IT UP!
Spices that are often added to chicken soup, such as garlic and pepper (all ancient treatments for respiratory diseases), work the same way as modern cough medicines, thinning mucus and making breathing easier