Sunday, April 26, 2009

Jewish Penicillin

I've been battling a bit of a head cold this weekend. Today, I decided to do what I could to battle it.

I made Chicken Soup. I will post the recipe tomorrow (not really a recipe actually - just the way I make it).

Chicken Soup is also knows as Jewish Penicillin.

According to

Jewish penicillin: Chicken soup. If not really a form of penicillin," chicken soup may, in fact, have some therapeutic merit.

A study published in the journal Chest demonstrated that chicken soup may contain substances with beneficial activity including an anti-inflammatory effect that could ease the symptoms of colds and other upper respiratory infections. Chicken soup was found to inhibit neutrophil migration providing a basis for an anti-inflammatory activity. "Undoubtedly, the in vivo effects of chicken soup include more than the effects on neutrophils," the researchers wrote. "The warm liquid, particularly when sipped, can stimulate nasal clearance and may improve upper respiratory tract symptoms." (Rennard BO, Ertl RF, Grossman GL, et al. Chicken soup inhibits neutrophil chemotaxis in vitro. Chest. 2000;18:1150-1157.)
It should be added that to benefit from Jewish penicillin, one need not be Jewish

In the last couple of weeks I've been relying more on cures of generations past. I still BELIEVE in modern medicine, but it feels nice to be able to treat without medicines.

I'm not 100% well yet, but I did feel soothed while eating my broth :)


LL said...

Does Jewish penicillin work against swine flu?

(tongue in cheek comment)

Julia@SometimesLucid said...

Funny you should mention that:

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Swine flu? Not in the Jewish state.

"We will call it Mexico flu. We won't call it swine flu," Deputy Health Minister Yakov Litzman, a black-garbed Orthodox Jew, told a news conference Monday, assuring the Israeli public that authorities were prepared to handle any cases.

Under Jewish dietary laws, pigs are considered unclean and pork is forbidden food -- although the non-kosher meat is available in some stores in Israel.

Kari said...

Now I know why I always feel so good after making my homemade chicken soup - it's one of my favorites!

Annette Piper said...

If it makes you feel better, have it! Comfort food is named very appropriately don't you think!?