Is your little one sneezing? Your Great Aunt Edna and Mommy MD Guide Rallie McAllister, MD, MPH, MSEH, a mom of three sons, family physician, and coauthor of The Mommy MD Guide to Your Baby’s First Year know that chicken soup helps prevent colds and flu.
Dr. McAllister says: “People have been catching colds since the beginning of time—and for just as long, we’ve been trying to cure them. In spite of our best efforts, the common cold remains one of the most frequently acquired illnesses in the world.”
The benefits of chicken soup aren’t just legendary; they’re also scientifically proven. Besides being a soothing comfort food, chicken soup can help relieve nasal congestion and soothe irritated airways. In a study conducted in the 70s in Florida, researchers found that chicken soup eased nasal congestion better than both hot and cold water. They think the heat of the soup helps to make your nose run, possibly reducing the amount of time that the cold germs stay in your nose and helping you to get better faster. Another benefit to chicken soup is the chicken itself. It contains an amino acid called cysteine, which is similar to a drug called acetylcysteine that doctors prescribe to treat bronchitis and other respiratory infections.“
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