I feel like everyone around me is sniffling, sneezing, coughing and spreading their germs on me. It’s cold season and I am a sitting sponge just waiting to soak in those yucky viruses. The good news is that beyond the normal – hand washing and staying indoors – one of my FAVORITE foods has some clinical studies to back it up as a “green light” food when you have the sniffles.
My mom used to make me chicken noodle soup when I had a cold (whose didn’t?!). I LOVED it. I felt better immediately and although part of that feeling came from being cared for and loved, chicken soup really does have some power.
Scientists have discovered that chicken noodle soup helps diminish the symptoms of a cold by acting as a decongestant and aiding in anti-inflammation.
A pulmonary specialist at UCLA school of Medicine, Dr. Irwin Ziment, did a clinical study to prove that chicken soup actually acts as an anti-inflammatory. The amino acids released from the chicken during the process of cooking resembles a drug called acetylcysteine, which is a prescription drug for people suffering from bronchitis.
In another study conducted by UCLA professor Dr. Stephen Rennard, findings showed that chicken noodle soup helps reduce neutrophils. Neutrophils are white blood cells that help the inflammation process and accumulate in bronchial tubes.
Aside from all the research and neutrophils and inflammation and everything else technical, chicken noodle soup just feels good. It’s warm and cozy and when someone you love brings you some, it can cure just about anything.