It seems that everywhere you turn right now, somebody is sick. At the office, in school, or working out at the gym, we are all surrounded by festering pools of illness. Despite your best efforts to stay healthy, including washing your hands at every opportunity and lathering on hand sanitizer when a sink isn't easily within reach, it's inevitable that you might fall victim to the common cold. What, then, can you do if you think you are starting to get sick? Is there any way to lessen its duration or severity that works?
Have some chicken soup.
There's no randomized trial to refer to, just centuries of motherly wisdom to heed. Chicken soup is more than just a generational myth, however, since it contains carnosine, which has been shown in at least one recent study to block some of the virus-induced inflammation caused by the common cold. The increased hydration that comes with consuming the soup certainly helps and, besides, it tastes good, too. Sorry, vegetarians, but the highest concentrations of carnosine are found in muscle tissue, like chicken breast!
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