Ever wondered why your doctor always prescribes chicken soup every time you fall ill?
Here is why:
1. Low in calories
Plain chicken soup is low in calories. You are sick and bed-ridden, your body tends to need fewer calories. A serving of 100 gms chicken soup has only 36 calories, making it a perfect diet for you.
2. Easily digestible
Your digestive tract needs a break when you are unwell. Chicken soup is easy to digest and won’t irritate your digestive tract.
3. Rich in minerals
Chicken broth is also derived from bones and hence is rich in minerals like potassium and phosphorous. Potassium maintains heart health, while phosphorous takes care of metabolism.
4. Cures diarrhea
When bones are long-simmered for the chicken soup, the collagen in the connective tissues are dissolved creating gelatin, which protects and heals the mucosal lining of the digestive tract. This chicken broth are very effective in curing intestinal diseases like diarrhea.
5. Fights cold and flu
Studies have found that chicken soup helps cure respiratory infections. Pertinently, it is when our white blood cell count is reduced due to such infections, we catch cold flu as a primary symptom.
“A mild anti-inflammatory effect could be one mechanism by which the soup could result in the mitigation of symptomatic upper respiratory tract infections, read a 2000 study published in Chest journal.
6. Effective in reducing joint pain
Chicken bone broth contains glucosamine that stimulates the growth of new collagen, thereby reducing joint pain.
7. Keeps skin, hair, and nails healthy
The collagen and gelatin in chicken soup keep your skin, hair, and nails strong.
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8. Maintains bone health
Chicken broth has calcium, magnesium and phosphorus that not only helps in maintaining bone health, but also promote the growth of bones.
9. Aids in sound sleep
The amino acid glycine in chicken soup helps in calming the mind and promotes sound sleep.
10. Fights inflammation
Chicken soup is high in glycine and proline, the two amino acids that are anti-inflammatory agents.
Sreya is based in Kolkata. She is a Senior Editor of Big Wire.