Immunity-Boosting Chicken Soup Recipe (Can Chicken Soup cure the Common Cold?)

I won’t go so far as to claim that chicken soup is a miracle healer. I will say that a good soup can boost your immune system and improve your chances of beating a virus. Chicken soup is a fantastic weapon when a cold or a flu bug is knocking you around.

9 healthy reasons to make this Chicken Soup!

  1. Shiitake mushrooms fight off the flu. Shiitake mushrooms contain a unique compound called Active Hexose Correlated Compound (AHCC). This compound has been shown to increase your immune response after being exposed to the flu virus; stock up on these mushrooms to stay healthy all winter.1
  2. Fresh herbs rosemary, thyme and oregano contain essential oils that are anti-viral and anti-bacterial.2 3
  3. Using real chicken broth, made with the bones of a chicken, means it will contain B vitamins (in the marrow), calcium, magnesium and zinc all of which can assist your immune cells in fighting off colds and flu.
  4. Green vegetables such as kale, leek, peas and beans contain B vitamins that provide energy, as well as nerve and adrenal support. Keep in mind that stress reduces your immune function.
  5. Orange carrots and sweet potato provide a rich source of Pro-Vitamin A to assist your lungs in fighting off infections.4
  6. Ginger and garlic are both powerful anti-inflammatory and immune-supporting spices. You will notice this soup has triple the amount of spice of a standard soup. The active ingredient, allicin, in freshly-crushed garlic works like a natural antibiotic, so make sure you eat enough to get the real, therapeutic effect!5 6
  7. Hot soup helps to thin out mucus. When you’re healthy, your nasal mucus is clear and thin, serving to filter air during inhalation. During times of infection, mucus can thicken into a moist, nutrient-rich environment that encourages growth of viruses and bacteria. A mug of this chicken soup can thin that mucus and help your body fight infection.
  8. This soup is hydrating and provides electrolyte minerals that your body uses to carry electrical signals from cell to cell. When you run a fever, you can get dehydrated, which decreases these critical minerals.
  9. It tastes so darn good because of all the fresh ingredients. That alone will cheer you up... and a smile has been shown to be the best immunity-booster of all! 

 

Make a calcium-rich bone broth in advance so your immunity-boosting soup can come together in a flash when you’re under the weather.

  • You can store the broth for up to 3 months in the freezer.
  • All the veggie scraps provide extra immunity-supporting minerals.
  • The stock is essentially free because it’s made from stuff you were going to throw out!
  • Note: Bone broth can be made from a variety of bones, such as organic beef, bison, turkey and lamb. They don't necessarily need to be roasted ahead. Bone broths are typically simmered for a long period of time (at least 4 hours), to release the nutrient-dense marrow from the centre of the bones, the high protein gelatine from the collagen-rich joints and the minerals from bones. At the end of cooking, the bones should crumble when pressed lightly between your thumb and forefinger.

 

References

  1. Sreenivasan Sasidharan, Sugumaran Aravindran, Lachimanan Yoga Latha, Ratnasamy Vijenthi, Dharmaraj Saravanan and Santhanam Amutha: "In Vitro Antioxidant Activity and Hepatoprotective Effects of Lentinula edodes against Paracetamol-Induced Hepatotoxicity” Molecules 2010, 15(6), 4478-4489; doi:10.3390/molecules15064478 Article Published: 23 June 2010
  2. K. Zomorodian, M. J. Saharkhiz, M. J. Rahimi, A. Bandegi, G. Shekarkhar, A. Bandegani, K. Pakshir and A. Bazargani: “Chemical composition and antimicrobial activities of the essential oils from three ecotypes of Zataria multiflora” Pharmacogn Mag. 2011 Jan-Mar; 7(25): 53–59. doi:  10.4103/0973-1296.75902 PMCID: PMC3065158
  3. Ozkalp B., Sevgi F., Ozcan M., Ozcan M. “The antibacterial activity of essential oil of oregano” Journal of Food, Agriculture & Environment. (2010); 2: 272-273
  4. Voutilainen S., et al. “Carotenoids and cardiovascular health.” Am J Clin Nutr. 2006: 83(6): 1265-1271.
  5. Christopher D. Black: “Acute effects of dietary ginger on quadriceps muscle pain during moderate-intensity cycling exercise.” International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism. January 2009. Impact Factor: 2.44 · Source: PubMed
  6. Tariq H. Abdullah, MD, 0. Kandil, PhD, A.Elkadi, MD, and J.Carter, MD : “Garlic Revisited: Therapeutic for the major disease of our times?” Journey of the National Medical Association VOL. 80, NO. 4, 1988 

 

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