The Health Benefits of Chicken Noodle Soup

*By: Christi Shingara*

Photo: Elise Bauer

There is nothing like a hot bowl of chicken noodle soup, especially when you have a cold. But what is the “magic” in chicken noodle soup that helps us get through the worst of our illnesses? In Southeast Asia, where chicken noodle soup originated 7,000 years ago, they believed it was medical magic and had ultimate healing powers.

Here is a breakdown of the health benefits of this amazing elixir and why it is really lives up to the hype…

Broth

Is a great source of hydration when you are sick and also soothes a sore throat. It is rich with essential fatty acids and protein. It helps your body build and repair healthy muscle, bone, skin, and blood cells. Chicken broth is also a rich source of minerals like iron.

Vegetables

Carrots, celery, and onion have vitamins C and K, and other antioxidants and minerals. They help build a healthy immune system to fight off viruses, it also helps your body recover from illness more quickly.

Chicken

Chicken is the protein in the dish and protein is an essential nutrient for the growth and function of immune cells. These immune cells help release antibodies which help you fight against the flu and cold. Chicken is also high in tryptophan, which helps your body produce serotonin that can enhance your mood and give you the feeling of ‘comfort’ that helps make chicken noodle soup a true comfort food (WebMD).

Herbs

Parsley, thyme, bay leaf, or dill can boost flavor and add more antioxidants to support your immune system.

Steam

Steam from a hot bowl of chicken noodle soup can open up airways. This makes breathing easier. It also has a mild anti-inflammatory effect that can help relax your muscles and soothe the discomforts of cold symptoms.

Noodles

Noodles are high in carbohydrates which make you feel full and can also provide much-needed immediate energy for your body when it’s fighting off an infection.

For a delicious and healthy chicken noodle soup check out Ryan’s Hearty Chicken Noodle Soup.

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