ATLANTA — ATLANTA – Our cold, rainy weather is leading to illnesses that have many turning to the doctor or their favorite home remedy.

Among the most popular cures for the common cold is a bowl of chicken noodle soup.


It is the Superman of flu season. For mom, it is the “go to” cure when the kids are under the weather.

Why is chicken noodle soup a cure for illness?
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 “Chicken soup is an age-old remedy for cold or flu,” says Chef Nancy Waldeck.

First, there’s the chicken that is packed with protein. But the real magic is found in the broth. Waldeck tells us the onions, carrots, celery and parsley found in the broth contain nutrients that help boost your immune system.

Chicken soup has electrolytes that can rehydrate a body battered by cold and flu.

“There are studies with amazing results about the power of chicken soup to strengthen the immune response to help fight off cold viruses, including runny nose and cough,” says Waldeck.

The noodles are a carbohydrate that can help you feel full and satisfied.

Like any soup, the warm liquid can sooth a sore throat.

There have been studies that show chicken noodle soup has a mild anti-inflammatory effect and can slow the spread of infection.

So, when your mom or wife goes to the pantry instead of the doctor, she’s not relying on myth. She knows chicken noodle soup is the super hero of cold and flu season.


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