As record cold and snow sweeps across the northeastern USA, more people are turning to a traditional medication to combat colds and the flu. What is it? Chicken soup, of course!
Recently the TV talk show The Doctors did a segment on chicken soup, or as it's sometimes called, Jewish Penicillin.
While the doctors acknowledge that some of the effect is psychological, they maintain that there are physiologic reasons why chicken soup may help with a cold or the flu. They are:
- breathing in the steam from the hot soup opens up the airways and breaks up mucusAnd, they add, you don't need a doctor's prescription to get this kind of penicillin.
- protein and amino acids from boiling the chicken help the immune system fight colds
- adding vegetables like carrots provides another source of vitamins and minerals
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