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Tip of the month -- Chicken soup reduces cold symptoms

There's no cure for the common cold. But if you're sick, chicken soup may help you feel better. Researchers say that chicken soup acts as an anti-inflammatory and temporarily speeds up the movement of mucus through the nose. This relieves congestion and limits the amount of time viruses are in contact with the lining of your nose. Plus, soup and other liquids help loosen congestion and prevent dehydration.


How does chicken soup help?
The Mayo Clinic (USA) did a study with 500 patients and found that chicken soup can reduce the length of time suffering from cold symptoms.

  • Chicken soup blocks certain white blood cells, called neutrophiles. These are partly responsible for the inflammatory process within the body. Especially viral infections such as a cold will release a large amount of neutrophiles.
  • Zink is found in the breast meat of chicken. This trace mineral is important for strengthening the immune system. The zinc found in chicken bonds with the amino acid histidin - which itself is released through slow cooking and ensures that the zinc is better absorbed into the body.
  • Another amino acid, the protein cystein, is released through gently simmering the chicken. Cystein fights infections and reduces swelling of the mucose membranes.

Does the soup help in other ways?
Yes! Scientists in Japan have found that chicken soup can help lower blood pressure. The enzyme ACE, which is partly responsible for the production of the hormone responsible for clogging arteries and causing high blood pressure, is blocked by the collagen released from the chicken through slow cooking. It is thus recommended that those who suffer from high blood pressure should have chicken soup once or twice a week. Moreover, chicken fat helps reduce alcohol in the bloodstream and as such can be used as a remedy for hangovers.

 

What’s the best way to prepare chicken soup?
Cut an onion in half and fry in a pan. Add a cup of water. Add a whole (organic) chicken with vegetables (carrots, onions, celery, porree, potatoes, bay leaf) and three to four liters of water. Bring to a boil and let simmer for 1½ hours. Add salt to taste. Put some of the broth in a bowl along with a carrot, some porree and a bit of meat off the bone. Let sit 10 minutes before serving.

 

When is it best to eat chicken soup?
As soon as you notice cold symptoms (scratchy throat, runny nose) is when you should begin eating 1 to 2 bowls of soup daily – until you are fully healthy again. It is important to eat not only the broth but also the chicken and vegetables. Only then will you receive all the healthy benefits from the soup.

 

Why organic chicken?
To combat the unwanted intake of antibiotics!

 

Is condensed or instant soup an adequate alternative?
No. Canned and freeze-dried soups only contain a small amount of chicken. You will only see an improvement in health from home-made soup. In order for the natural remedy of chicken soup to work against colds you must use a whole chicken. Instant soup  does not help. However, you may use either fresh or frozen chicken. And it does not have to be a young chicken. An older chicken that has served out its life laying eggs has the added benefit of producing an especially hearty broth through its high gelatine content.