On the list of the most important jobs of a mom, keeping your kids healthy comes in second only to making sure they don't grow up into the type of person who would "accidentally" leak a sex tape. And if that means occasionally bluffing or passing along the same BS myths that were passed down by her mother before her, then by God, that's what a mom does.
But you might be surprised to find out that some of that motherly health advice that sounds suspiciously like superstitious nonsense now wasn't so made up after all.
5Got a Cold? Have Some Chicken Soup
It might be the oldest wives' tale in the history of old wives telling tales -- what you really need for a case of the sniffles is a nice hot bowl of chicken soup. Sure, it's not medicine, but it makes you feel better, right? So what's the deal -- is chicken made of magic, or are our mothers falling for the propaganda Big Soup pushes through its willing puppets in the media?
"Congratulations. Here's the keys to your brand new soup. Enjoy it."
But Science Says ...
You'd think the answer to this one would be simple -- it's a hot, salty comfort food that's easy to swallow with a sore throat. But apparently the healing powers of chicken soup go way beyond that.
In a study published in CHEST Journal ("Official Publication of the American College of Chest Physicians," in case you forgot to renew your subscription), researchers found that chicken soup inhibits neutrophil chemotaxis, giving it anti-inflammatory properties that could help relieve the symptoms associated with upper respiratory infections. So in addition to "improving hydration and nutritional status," chicken soup has the potential of "accelerating mucosal clearance," which is science's fancy way of saying that it helps make your sniffles better.
Especially if you add vodka.
In addition, experts have said that chicken contains the amino acid cysteine, which is released when Mom magically transmogrifies the chicken into tasty, tasty soup. This compound is awfully similar to a drug called acetylcysteine, which doctors prescribe for patients with bronchitis and respiratory infections to help them hork up all that crap in their chest. So yeah, when you look at it that way, chicken soup is actual medicine. Sort of.
"I'm sorry, but it appears he overdosed on soup."