Grandma was right! Soup not only warms us up and fortifies our bodies it is actually proven to help us get better when we’re sick. Soup stock is “liquid nutrition”, packed full of vitamins and nutrients in an easy-to-digest format, especially for those who are ill or lacking an appetite. It provides necessary fluid and warms our bodies. Maybe you don’t like a particular vegetable? Disguise it in soup where your body will appreciate its goodness.
Many ingredients found in cold medicines can also be found in soup! A US heart specialist proved that chicken soup has anti-inflammatory properties that soothed sore throats and reduced clogged airways.
- Tomato soup is full of lycopene and vitamin C, both known antioxidants.
- Onions and garlic are two common soup ingredients well known for their anti-bacterial and anti-viral effects. Onions contain quercetin, a formidable antioxidant shown to fight cancer, viruses and bacteria. Garlic also helps lower blood pressure, prevent blood clots, reduce atherosclerotic buildup, is active against yeasts, prevents cancer, removes heavy metals such as lead and mercury from the body and has anti-oxidant properties.
- Cysteine, an amino acid released from chicken in cooking, chemically resembles the drug acetylcysteine, prescribed for respiratory problems like bronchitis.
- Two popular soup spices, oregano and thyme, contain thymol, which helps loosen phlegm in the lungs and relieve coughing. Many commercial cough remedies, including cough drops and skin rubs such as Vicks VapoRub, contain thymol!