Chicken soup has been the subject of several studies examining its impact on the immune system. While there is limited research on this topic, some studies have been conducted. For example, a study in China in 2022 looked at the effects of chicken broth from different chicken breeds on the immune response of mice with damaged immune systems. The results were promising: chicken soup slowed down the movement of inflammatory cells, improved the activity of the thymus gland, and improved the structure of the spleen – all important factors for strengthening the immune system.
The study included a range of parameters, including cytokine levels, which are known to cause symptoms in viral diseases. While it’s not yet clear how chicken soup achieves these benefits, it does appear to improve the situation.
When preparing chicken soup for optimal health benefits, it’s recommended to remove as much fat as possible. Boiling the chicken and then pouring out any excess water is a good first step. After removing visible fat, wash the chicken clean of oil with clean water before cooking. Vegetables can be added towards the end of cooking, and it’s best to cover the pot immediately after boiling to preserve nutrients. Parsley can be added at the end for flavor and aroma, while spices like turmeric or ginger can be used to add an extra boost to your soup’s immune-boosting properties.
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