We all endured it…our mothers forcing us to drink “Zoup” to help our sore throats, coughs, even menstrual cramps. “But Mom…you’re not a doctor”…well moms have more medical wisdom than we give them credit for.
Chicken soup was the cure for everything in my household…and I mean it..it cured. Was it because of its warmth, its taste, the fact that Mommy was doting over me? Nope… it was because we were ingesting a bowl full of antioxidants, antiinflammatories, amino acids, and anti-histamines. Tasty, huh!!!
So what has to be in chicken soup to make it healthy? First, it will go down easier if its in the form of a liquid…just a suggestion. The warmness soothes the throat and stimulates circulation. The salt helps fight bacteria. And even though as kids we picked out the vegetables, the carrots, celery, and onions provide much needed vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants that seep into the juice. Moreover whole chicken pieces, including the cartilage, have been proven to be antiinflammatory. No wonder we feel better. Its an antibiotic, pain pill, antiinflammatory, steroid, and fluid bolus all in one!! Just wait….some pharmaceutical company will realize they can capitalize on this and cram it into a pill, or better yet, suppository. Hope they master grinding down the celery stick.
Either way, Mom has her hands full. So next time you see your Mom, take a deep breath, suck it in, and tell her that she was right. And if the thought of Mom saying “I told you so” sickens you….just have her whip up a batch of chicken soup. Looks like it works like a charm.
Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network and Board Certified Family Physician