Why Is Chicken Soup So Good for Us?

  • Ginger is anti-inflammatory, so it helps soothe sore throats.
  • So is oregano.
  • Rosemary is both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.
  • Black pepper helps break up phlegm.
  • And garlic is a real powerhouse: anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antifungal.
  • Mint, among its many virtues, is an antispasmodic, very helpful if you’re nauseated.
  • Bell peppers give us vitamin C.
  • Carrots are full of betacarotene, an antioxidant that your body converts into vitamin A.
  • Onions contain phytochemicals that help with chest congestion.
  • Chili peppers open up sinuses.

So, think of your soup stock as a medicine cabinet. Start with chicken or vegetable broth (either homemade or commercial), and add some or all of these: Whole peppercorns, smashed. Garlic by the handful:no need to peel, just separate into cloves, smash lightly. Ginger, no need to peel, just slice into rounds and smash. Oregano or rosemary, either dried or fresh, as your pantry permits. Mint: if you don’t have any in the spice cabinet, throw in a teabag. Simmer all this for 15-20 minutes, then cover and let everything steep for another 15 minutes or so.

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