The Medicinal Benefits of Chicken Noodle Soup

chicken noodle soupI call this soup “warm me up chicken noodle soup” because that is exactly what it does. A couple weeks back I became very ill with the flu and all I wanted was a bowl of my delicious homemade chicken noodle soup.  I got off the couch and went to work in the kitchen. The prep is very easy however its the time the broth needs to cook that is a killer. So here is the science behind this soup:

Our ancestors have been boiling chicken stock for years so this isn’t anything new. Its known to retain medicinal properties that help to activate the immune system. Our immune system protects us from harmful invaders such as bacteria and viruses.  According to Dr. Daniel, chicken soup is an activator of macrophages, Natural killer cells and B lymphocytes, which are our “soldiers” of our immune system.

Natural killer cells: are cells that kill virus infected cells and cancer cells.

NK cell

Macrophages: are white blood cells that engulf (swallow) pathogens and digest them.

B cells: give rise to antibodies

The hot fluids help increase the movement of nasal mucus and help with congestion.

Secondly it fights inflammation. This is a major problem. The Arthritis Foundation estimates that nearly one in three adult Americans has some degree of chronic joint pain, and arthritis is secondary only to heart disease as a cause of work disability in the states.

So how does chicken noodle soup help with arthritis and joint pain?

Well… The bone marrow, connective tissue, cartilage, tendons and ligaments of the chicken all contain COLLAGEN. Collagen is broken down into gelatin in the soup. This is where the healing powers come in. The gelatin contains amino acids such as arginine, glycine, glutamine and proline. These amino acids are the building blocks of proteins that perform functions such as muscle building, cartilage regeneration and joint healing. So in addition to taking your anti-inflammatory drugs, have a bowl of chicken noodle soup.

Gelatin also helps promote probiotic balance and growth and may be helpful for leaky gut syndrome, IBS and Crohn’s disease.

Remember the longer you cook the stock the better and more beneficial.

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The Medicinal Benefits of Chicken Noodle Soup
 
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Warm Me Up Chicken Noodle Soup
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Cuisine: Soup
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • For the Stock:
  • 1 whole chicken
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 Celery stalk with leaves
  • 20 Peppercorns
  • 15 Cloves
  • 8 Cardamom Pods
  • For the Soup:
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 tsp (or more to taste) salt
Instructions
  1. Place stock ingredients in a pressure cooker and fill with water.
  2. Cook for at least two hours.
  3. For the soup
  4. Add olive oil to a heated stock pan
  5. Chop onion, celery and carrots and add to the pan and sauté until soft on low heat for 5-7 minutes.
  6. Add the filtered chicken stock to the sautéed vegetables.
  7. Shred the chicken and add to the soup
  8. Add fine egg noodles and salt to taste

References:

Kaayla T. Daniel, “Why Broth is Beautiful: Essential Roles for Proline, Glycine and Gelatin,” Weston A. Price Foundation.  http://www.westonaprice.org/food-features/why-broth-is-beautiful (accessed 18 June 2013).

Nourishing Broth pp. 94-95

Sylvia S. Mader and Michael Windelspecht. Biology. Eleventh Edition 2010.

 

 

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