Monday, February 10, 2014

I Didn't Know That - Cold & Flue Remedies

Cold and Flu Remedy - Best

Why does chicken soup make us feel better when we're sick?  From the medicinal properties of vegetables to the antioxidants in chicken fat, each ingredient in chicken soup appears to have anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce mucous production, according to a study published in Chest Pain.  Also, hot liquids in general help break up mucous and relieve congestion.

Runner up to chicken soup is garlic.  If consumed regularly, garlic may also help prevent colds year-round thanks to the antibacterial properties of a compound called allicin, which can not only keep us from getting sick but also recover faster if infected, according to research published by the National Institute of Health.  To truly reap the benefits of fresh garlic, crush it at room temperature and let it sit for approximately 15 minutes before cooking.

Cold and Flu Remedy- Worst

While vitamin C has many wonderful health benefits, like helping the body hear wounds and preventing scurvy, unless it's taken regularly, no research has proven that vitamin C actually prevents or lessens the severity of a cold, according to National Institute of Health.

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