For generations, people have used chicken soup for their “go to” food when sick, but can it really cure a cold?

By definition, the common cold is a viral infection of the upper respiratory tract (the nose and throat). Numerous different viruses can cause a cold, so symptoms tend to vary, though generally include a combination of a runny or stuffy nose, itchy or sore throat, cough, congestion, sneezing and watery eyes. Regardless of the symptoms experienced, a cold will most likely leave you feeling miserable and hoping for a “cure” as it runs its course. Unfortunately, however, there is no “cure” for the common cold. There are some remedies that may help ease your symptoms and keep you from feeling as miserable as the cold runs its course.

An article from Mayo Clinic states, “There’s no cure for the common cold, but if you’re sick, chicken soup may help you feel better”. Warm liquids, such as chicken soup, tea or warm apple juice, help speed up the movement of mucus through the nose. This relieves congestion and limits the amount of time viruses are in contact with the lining of your nose. Plus, soup and other liquids help prevent dehydration.” Chicken soup is also a comfort food, so may have a comforting psychological affect as well.

Staying hydrated and getting plenty of rest are generally the main remedies suggested for dealing with the common cold. So if you are feeling a little “under the weather” this winter, some chicken soup may help you get on the road to recovery!