Chicken Soup and Colds

The study below found some significant facts regarding health effects of certain food.  This is an attempt by us to interpret the findings so that it could be implemented in everyday health practices.  It has to be understood that good eating habits are necessary for optimal health and that means that a variety of good foods have to be consumed every day.  We do believe that some food has medicinal value and could be used to help in the prevention and support of treatment in certain illnesses.  However, if it is not part of a good nutritious diet, it might lose its value.    Although we do believe in the power of natural food, we absolutely do not claim to cure any disease through the consumption of specific food


Barbara O. Rennard, BA; Ronald F. Ertl, BS; Gail L. Gossman, BS;  Richard A. Robbins, MD, FCCP; and Stephen I. Rennard, MD, FCCP Chicken Soup Inhibits Neutrophil Chemotaxis In Vitro* CHEST 2000; 118:1150–1157


This study looked at the development of respiratory infections and the effect of chicken soup with or without vegetables has on it.  It was not done on humans, but on cells.  It was found that both the chicken soup and vegetables inhibited the mechanisms in the cells leading to infections.  An added benefit of the chicken soup was less toxins in the cells which could be interpreted too as an anti-inflammatory response.