Remember getting sick as a child? The sick part was no fun, but there were a few perks: missing school, laying in bed all day, and maybe being treated to a warm bowl of chicken soup from Mom. Chicken soup is an ultimate American comfort food—an elixir to soothe the body and soul in troubled times.

Chicken Soup Makes Us Feel Better

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Chicken soup can make us feel warm on a cold evening, help relieve us of the stresses of the day, and even provide bona fide health benefits. Studies have shown that consuming chicken soup can help reduce the symptoms of upper respiratory infections. Warm chicken soup has been show to allow neutrophils to move around the body. Neutrophils are white blood cells that help prevent infection.

Chicken soup is also very good for a cold. It can help you stay hydrated, which is particularly important when you are sick. Chicken soup has also been credited with reducing inflammation that contributes to cold symptoms. The soup steam may also help loosen nasal congestion, allowing you to breathe easier.

Chicken soup ingredients provide the body with selenium, vitamins A and C, and various antioxidants to boost the immune system and fight diseases. The chicken in the soup is rich in protein that facilitates tissue formation and recovery.

The next time your friend or loved one is feeling under the weather, treat them to a bowl of chicken soup for a speedy recovery. If you get sick and don’t have anyone to brew up soup for you, let Spoonful of Comfort send a jar of homemade soup straight to your door.