The "Chicken Soup" Cure
- chef chicklet Dec 19, 2006 09:16 PM
A couple of days ago it seemed like everyone in the family came down with a cold but me. The sneezy, coughing, stuffy head variety.
My sister the phd, and I usually believe everything she tells me, swears that there is absolutely nothing that will cure a cold faster than homemade chicken soup.
I really don't know, but since I don't like the cold meds out there and have blood pressure concerns, I made the soup two days ago hoping to fend it off. I have had it for lunch two days now...so far so good....
What do you think? Any comments or swear by its?
I'm sure I've seen a study that said chicken broth does something to lessen (or is it loosen?) the mucus we get when we have a cold. I don't recall seeing anything that said it actually cured the cold, but I'm a big believer in the power of the mind-if you think it does, it probably does for you.
I love making a spicy chicken soup-with roasted chilies, cilantro, lime, garlic, tomatoes, onion, etc-when I have a cold. I figure between the broth, the vitamin C in the veggies, the garlic and the spicy peppers that help clear my sinuses, it sure can't hurt.
I feel its something with the stock,or broth that helps me with colds. I believe it has to do with all the nutrients that come from the bones/etc. being simmered so long.
If I feel a cold coming on I make sure I get a few bowls in me. (I havent had a sick day in over 3 years...)
In the winter I like to make a bread soup from Portugal that is essentially chicken broth seasoned with loads of garlic, bread, an egg cracked into each serving of hot soup, and lots of chopped cilantro. Maybe it's the power of suggestion, but the chicken broth and all the garlic *seem* to do the trick in warding off the winter scourge. I've read a lot of speculation on the natural antibiotic properties that the Allium family seem to possess. Maybe that, along with the chicken broth, has a beneficial effect.
I never get colds (knock wood).
But: it may be that I smell so strongly of garlic that no one ever gets close enough to pass the cold along! :)
Soup/chicken soup is comforting, something we all seek out when we feel ill. For a chest cold it couldn't hurt..but cure is another thing entirely. For a head cold I steep a slice of fresh ginger in hot water. It's a spicy brew but it does clear my sinues/head.
I think the trick is to catch a cold when the symptoms are early to feel the most positive effects from home remedy.
Of course, the saying goes, "chicken soup is good for the soul."