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Does chicken soup cure a cold?

Nothing is better than comfort food when you’re sick, but does it really help?

Asked by: Susan Grey, Glasgow


There is some evidence for this. Several studies have found that something in chicken soup interferes with the ability of white blood cells to flock to the scene of an infection. Since these white blood cells are responsible for the inflammation of your throat and sinuses, chicken soup may help to relieve the symptoms, even if it doesn’t actually cure the infection.


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