Chicken Soup for Flu – An Old Wives’ Tale?


chicken soup - remedy for flu and coldChicken Soup To Knock Out A Cold Or Flu

Chicken soup made with made with chicken bones and meat has been medically proven in number of studies to knock out a cold or the flu and speed up healing.

Chicken soup contains a number of substances with beneficial medicinal activity including an anti-inflammatory mechanism that could ease the symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections.

Here is my recipe with carefully selected ingredients all of them contributing to making this soup a good remedy for cold and flu.

Ingredients (Serves 4)

  • 800gr of chicken (bones and meat)
  • 2-3 onions (don’t peel)
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 4 carrots
  • 3 leeks
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 potato
  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1 medium parsnip
  • 4cm long piece of ginger
  • handful of parsley & cilantro (coriander) plus 4 additional garlic cloves
  • salt, pepper or cayenne (as much as you can handle)

Obviously to obtain the maximum, you would need to go organic all the way.

Duration

  • 2 hours and 15 minutes.

Steps

  • Wash veggies (onions, garlic, carrots, leeks, tomatoes, potatoes, parsnip, ginger) and then cut them coarsely into 1-2 cm cubes.
  • Put the meat in large pot, and add veggies.
  • Add enough pure water to just cover the meat and vegetables.
  • Bring to a boil then lower the heat and simmer slowly for 2 hours.
  • Strain (optional)
  • When the soup has cooled a bit, add finely cut parsley, cilantro and garlic cloves. Remember to activate antiviral allicin in garlic by allowing chopped garlic to sit 15 minutes before adding it to the soup!

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