If you've stocked up on chicken soup just in case someone in your family gets a bug, you're so smart. A new study says there really is some evidence that chicken soup contains substances that can ease the symptoms of upper respirator tract infections. It's in the journal "Chest." It says chicken soup helps fight colds by slowing the movement of neutrophils, which are released in great numbers by viral infections like colds.
"Therefore, chicken soup may have a very mild anti-inflammatory action and this potentially could contribute to some of the so-called medicinal activities that people have attributed to chicken soup," says Stephen Rennard, M.D. from University of Nebraska Medical Center.