Listen to what Mom said about chicken soup.
First, hot fluids in general help to keep nasal passages moist, increase the movement of mucus, prevent dehydration, and soothe a sore throat. And the psychological comfort that soup provides may also have a placebo effect for those who are feeling ill. Even more promising, studies have shown that chicken soup with a variety of veggies may contain substances that function as an anti–inflammatory mechanism and potentially ease the symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections, including congestion, stuffy nose, cough, and sore throat. The bottom line: Your mom was right! Eat plenty of chicken soup with veggies when you're hit with a bad cold.
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