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Chicken Soup: Actual Remedy Or Old Wives Tale?

It's flu season. Almost everyone I know is succumbing to the recent flu epidemic and I myself have not felt so hot this week. It's time for all of us to take special care of ourselves in order to either prevent getting sick or heal us up quick.

One particular get well remedy that we all have been told to practice, is that of eating chicken soup. We've been taught that chicken soup makes us feel better since we were children, but does it actually help?

Apparently, it does. A study conducted by researchers working for the CHEST Journal (the official publication of the American College of Chest Physicians) said that chicken soup inhibits neutrophil chemotacis, giving the soup anti-inflammatory properties that could help relieve the symptoms associated with upper respiratory infections.

Not only that, but chicken soup helps to improve hydration and nutritional stats, has the potential of accelerating musocal clearance and, chicken soup contains the amino acid cysteine, which normally gets prescribed for patients with bronchitis and respiratory infections.

Who would have thought that Mom was right all of those years? Get out there and eat some chicken soup, because we all know how much I love natural remedies.

Ally | Elite.

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