Soup for Colds, Step 1: The Ingredients

Spinach. Popyeye says, get your vitamin A here. Also collard greens, by the way.

Mushrooms. This one may surprise you – it sure surprised me. In addition to protein, vitamin C and iron, mushrooms contain something called betaglucan, which boosts the immune system and thus help prevent infections. And they help relieve sore throats, thanks to an antioxidant called ergothioneine, which helps lower inflammation throughout the body.

Tomatoes. Luscious packages of vitamin A, B6, and C.

Chicken.  Along with all the other healthy stuff  in chicken soup – the carrots, mushrooms, onions, garlic, and so on — the chicken itself helps fight colds. It’s because of an amino acid called cysteine, which helps thin mucous to ease your cough and stuffed-up nose.

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