Dear Lah: Will Chicken soup really cure my cold? Marla p., Chicago.
Dear Marla: Well yes and no. Yes it will make you feel less miserable, but strictly speaking it will not “cure” your cold. First of all, it is important to understand that your misery comes from the symptoms of the virus that is invading your body. It is your own body’s immune response that produces the mucous and other unpleasant reactive symptoms. Research suggest that chicken soup can slow mucous production, keep you hydrated and offer a lot of nutrition and therefore make you feel better. Herbs and spices from garlic to cayenne peppers and more may have virus fighting qualities of their own to combat the underlying virus itself.