Chicken Soup to Build Immunity
Chicken soup is a timeless healing meal. Since you were a child, you’ve probably been given chicken soup to cure a cold or as an adult purchased chicken soup and crackers when you felt sick. Chicken soup can help clear congestion, mucus, and provide essential nutrients and fluids to replenish your immune system when you are sick.
Chicken Soup to Clear Congestion
Chicken soup contains an amino acid called cysteine. There is scientific evidence that cysteine has demonstrated effectiveness at reducing the incidence of colds and symptoms. There is a common drug used to treat colds and congestion in the lungs called NAC or N-Acetylcysteine– comprised of the amino acid L-cysteine.
Cystiene can be found in foods high in protein such as chicken. It is an antioxidant that can help with congestion as a natural expectorant altering mucus viscosity. The presence of cysteine in chicken soup is likely the reason chicken soup is commonly given to sick people to help them recover.
Broth for Healing?
There are mixed reviews about the merits of bone broth for building the immune system. It’s possible that the nutrients in broth come from the vegetables in the broth. There are still benefits from drinking warm broth to re-hydrating your body while you are sick.
Celery, Carrots, & Onions- The Perfect Combo for Healing
Carrots and celery contain antioxidants, vitamin C, and vitamin A. This makes them an excellent addition to soup to help strengthen the immune system and reduce the length of sickness. Both carrots and celery also reduce inflammation.
Onions, the third main vegetable in this soup, contains vitamin C, B vitamins, and antioxidants. Onions have anti-fungal, anti-microbial properties. Garlic is also known to have anti-microbial properties through a chemical called allicin.
The bottom line- Chicken Soup for Immunity Building
Any one individual component of this chicken soup has demonstrated healing properties. When you combine them together, this recipe can help you build your immune system, lessen the duration of illness, and act as an anti-microbial.
Try this recipe next time you have a cold or illness and determine the healing properties for yourself. 🍲
This recipe was inspired by Wild Rice and Chicken Soup by Glenda Baldwin.
If you’re looking for more immunity boosting recipes check out:
– ✳️Spicy Tropical Green Smoothie
– ☕️ Turmeric, Ginger, Cinnamon Tea
Add Remaining Ingredients & Cook
Substitute 1 meal per day with this chicken and wild rice soup recipe.
Combine with other immunity building recipes for other meals such as the Tropical Spicy Green Smoothie for breakfast.