Were you ever given chicken soup as a child when you weren’t feeling well? There is often a lot of wisdom behind old remedies and chicken broth has a long history as a cure for coughs, colds and flus. Our forebears knew that a bowl of chicken broth could help to reduce the symptoms of a cold, and that it contained healing nutrients that strengthened the immune system.
Chicken broth was seen as a true health tonic, and today research confirms the powerfully nourishing nature of this comforting cure-all. Below are five compelling reasons why you should include chicken broth into your diet on a regular basis.
Helps to heal a leaky gut
Leaky gut is the root cause of many nutrient deficiencies and illnesses, and it is often the reason for a weakened immune system. A strong gut lining is necessary to restore health and boost the immune system. Chicken broth is abundant in gelatin, which is necessary to create and restore a strong intestinal barrier.
Contains bioavailable minerals
Chicken broth contains vital minerals like calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and other trace minerals. Although a cup of bone broth doesn’t contain high amounts of calcium, what is important is that it does contain it in a highly bioavailable form.
Reduces joint inflammation
The abundance of gelatin in chicken broth is incredibly beneficial for joint health. Gelatin acts as the building block to help form healthy bones, it also eases joint discomfort and promotes strong bone density. As Sally Fallon from the Weston A Price Foundation explains:
“It contains the broken-down material from cartilage and tendons — stuff like chondroitin sulfates and glucosamine, now sold as expensive supplements for arthritis and joint pain.”
Promotes healthy skin, hair and nails
Collagen gives skin its youthful appearance and promotes healthy hair and nails. Unfortunately, we produce less collagen as we age. However, when you consume chicken broth you are also consuming liquid gelatin, which provides the body with the amino acids necessary to make more collagen.
Helps to reduce overall inflammation
Chicken broth contains anti-inflammatory amino acids like glycine, proline and arginine. You can boost the anti-inflammatory action even further by adding healing spices like garlic, turmeric and ginger.
Does chicken soup cure a cold?
While it won’t cure a cold or flu, a bowl of hot chicken broth will help to reduce nasal and chest congestion, especially if you add spices like black pepper and cayenne pepper. It will also help to strengthen the body by providing hydration and easily digestible nutrients, particularly important if the patient doesn’t feel like eating solid food.
Perhaps most importantly of all, if you consume chicken broth on a regular basis, your immune system will be strong enough to ward off colds and flus. If you do succumb, it will help you to recover more quickly.
Easy Chicken Broth Recipe
1 pasture-raised chicken,
1 large celery stalk
1 large onion
splash of apple cider vinegar
- fill pot with filtered water and let sit for 30 minutes (this pulls out the good stuff from the bones).
- bring to a boil and skim off the scum floating around the top
- reduce to low and let it go…I let mine go for 12-24 hours depending what I have going on. You can let yours go for just a few hours…the longer you cook the stronger and more nutritious it will be.
- strain and add 2 tsp of celtic sea salt
- the Greek in me always adds the juice of one lemon (or 2 or 3 or even 4 lemons!)