Chicken Soup Really Is ‘Jewish Penicillin’ For Your Cold. Mom Was Right.

If you were brought up by a Jewish mother, chances are you have been prescribed a hot bowl of chicken soup at a time you felt under the weather. Dr. Mom may have insisted it was a type of “Jewish penicillin,” that it would lessen your sniffles and perk you right up. She was, in some regard, correct.

In a 2000 study published in the journal of the American College of Chest Physicians, researchers found that chicken soup could help reduce upper-respiratory inflammation, which leads to those annoying qualities of a cold, like a stuffy head and incessant sneezing. Many doctors believe that colds are caused by viral infections. The body responds to these infections by sending over white blood cells to take charge, though they are not really effective in killing the virus. Instead, they lead to those cold-like symptoms that make you feel crummy.

Stephen Rennard, M.D, Larson Professor of medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and one of the study’s leaders, found that fewer white blood cells attempted to be heroes when the body had chicken soup in its system. The soup had some “very modest but clearly measurable” —> Read More Here


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