Cuddling up with a bowl of chicken soup is the best cure for colds this winter season, according to researchers.
A study found that chicken soup could ease the symptoms of upper respiratory infections because it contains anti-inflammatory agents.
Further research shows that the aroma, spices and heat from the soup can clear congestion brought on by the common cold.
A researcher from the University of Nebraska put his 'grandma's soup' recipe to the test to find out if the myth is true.
A researcher put his 'grandma's soup' to the test and found that chicken soup had anti-inflammatory agents that can ease cold-like symptoms including congestion
The suspected benefits of chicken soup date back centuries ago when the Egyptian Jewish physician and philosopher, Moshe ben Maimon, recommended chicken soup for cold symptoms in his 12th century writings.
Since then, recipes for the warm broth have been passed down for generations surrounded by rumors of cold-fighting abilities.
Dr Stephen Rennard studied three batches of what he calls Grandma's Soup, which includs chicken, onions, sweet potatoes, parsnips, turnips, carrots, celery stems, parsley, salt and pepper.
He examined if the movement of neutrophils, the most common white cell in the blood that defends the body against infection, would be blocked or reduced by chicken soup.
It is suspected that reducing the movement of neutrophils could decrease activity in the upper respiratory tract that causes cold-like symptoms.
And the results found just that, suggesting that chicken soup might have an anti-inflammatory components, which may ease symptoms and shorten upper respiratory tract infections.
However, this study wasn't done on humans, but instead their white blood cells.
Dr Rennard added that the psychological and physical comfort soup provides could also have a placebo effect.
Another study conducted nearly