Here’s How Chicken Soup’s Medical Magic Works
While many people rely on chicken noodle soup to soothe a cold, very few know about the other ways the broth brings relief, a dietitian says.
A hearty bowl of chicken noodle soup may help clear nasal congestion and ease cold symptoms.
When you have a cold, it is also important to stay hydrated. Health Day quoted Sandy Allonen, clinical dietician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, saying:
Importantly, chicken is also high in tryptophan (amino acid), which helps the body produce serotonin that can enhance your mood and give you the feeling of 'comfort', making chicken noodle soup a true comfort food, Allonen said.
Serotonin is a chemical that contributes to well-being and happiness.
Furthermore, adding chicken in soup offers a number of benefits as it is high in protein that helps the immune system, the report said.
In addition, it is also a good source of vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin B, which boosts immunity and helps with digestion.
Vegetables such as carrots, celery, and onion have vitamins C and K, and other antioxidants and minerals.
Even the steam from your chicken soup is beneficial as it can open up airways, making it easier to breathe.
It also has a mild anti-inflammatory effect that can help relax your muscles and soothe the discomforts of cold symptoms, Allonen noted.