07 June 2013

WINTER WARMER

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For years, grandmothers and mothers have been telling us to eat chicken soup when we have a cold or just need a boost. This claim of chicken soup having a healing and soothing benefit was even documented in early Greek Literature. Well, science has proved them right.

Research in the American Journal of Therapeutics showed that a compound found in chicken soup – carnosine – helped the body’s immune system fight the early stages of flu. However, the benefit only lasts while the soup is still in your digestive system.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnosine

Earlier research from by Dr Stephen Rennard of the University of Nebraska Medical Centre showed that when chicken/vegetable soup was eaten, it inhibited the movement of white blood cells, neutrophils, which defend against infection. His theory is chicken soup helps reduce upper respiratory cold symptoms by inhibiting the migration of the infection-fighting cells in the body. However, he couldn't identify the exact ingredients in the soup that made it effective against colds.

http://www.unmc.edu/publicrelations/chickensoup.htm

http://journals.lww.com/americantherapeutics/pages/results.aspx?txtKeywords=chicken%20soup

Have you tried the chicken/lentil and vegetable hotpot Babytastes page 57?

A tasty winter warmer and it will soothe those sniffles.

 

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