Chicken Soup Vs. The Cold
It was bound to happen. With people sneezing, coughing and hacking everywhere, I finally got the cold that everyone else seems to have. Even though I did get a flu shot last December, that’s no guarantee or protection against a cold.
I’ve got more cold medication in the studio than a pharmacy, and nothing seems to work. So the age old question is, “Does chicken soup really help relieve a cold?” Let’s find out.
According to the Mayo Clinic website, a highly respected name in health care:
“Chicken soup might help relieve cold and flu symptoms in two ways. First, it acts as an anti-inflammatory by inhibiting the movement of neutrophils — immune system cells that participate in the body’s inflammatory response. Second, it temporarily speeds up the movement of mucus, possibly helping relieve congestion and limiting the amount of time viruses are in contact with the nose lining.”
So, grandma was right after all. Chicken soup is not only good for the soul, but helps relieve cold symptoms.