The healing power of chicken soup

Chicken Soup: A Potential Booster for the Immune System, but More Research is Needed

The immune system plays a crucial role in protecting the body from diseases and infections. Several studies have been conducted on the effect of chicken soup on the immune system, with varying results. While there is limited research on this topic, some studies have shown that chicken soup can have positive effects on the immune response.

One such study conducted in China in 2022 tested the effect of chicken broth from different chicken breeds on the immune response of mice with immune system damage. The results showed that chicken soup slowed down the movement of inflammatory cells, improved the activity of the thymus gland, and improved the structure of the spleen, all of which are important for improving the immune response.

The study included several parameters, such as cytokine levels, which are known to cause unpleasant symptoms in viral diseases. Chicken soup seems to improve these levels, although it is not yet clear how it does so. Further research is needed to understand how chicken soup affects the immune system and what specific ingredients or compounds are responsible for its benefits.

In terms of preparing chicken soup in a healthy way, it is recommended to get rid of as much fat as possible before boiling it. This can be done by removing visible fat, washing the chicken clean of oil with clean water before cooking, and adding vegetables at the end of cooking while keeping them covered immediately after boiling. Parsley and spices can also be added for flavor without adding extra calories or fat.

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Overall, while more research is needed to fully understand how chicken soup affects the immune system, prepping it in a healthy way can be beneficial for overall health and wellness.

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