A study, conducted by the researcher Dr. Stephen Rennard of the University of Nebraska, found that chicken soup can relieve the symptoms of upper respiratory infections as it contains anti-inflammatory agents.
In the course of the study, Dr. Rennard examined if the movement of neutrophils, the most common white cells in the blood defending the body against infection, would be blocked or reduced by the soup. Scientists suspect that reducing the movement of neutrophils may decrease activity in the upper respiratory tract that causes symptoms of the cold.
Although the researchers are not sure of the exact ingredient in the soup that is able to fight colds, they believe that the chicken soups containing more than five vegetables are high in fiber, vitamin C, and antioxidants so that could be a combination of ingredients working together for beneficial effects.
A new study from Rice University demonstrates that people who feel lonely are likely to experience more severe symptoms from the common cold.
For the study, the researchers assessed the psychological and physical health of 159 people aged from 18 to 55, who were given cold-inducing nasal drops and quarantined for 5 days in hotel rooms. After adjusting demographics like gender, age, the reason, depressive affect and social isolation, the scientists concluded that those who felt lonely were more no more likely to get a cold than those who weren’t, but people who felt lonely reported a greater severity of symptoms than their counterparts.
Psychologist Chris Fagundes of Rice University, one of the lead researchers, says: “Doctors should take psychological factors into account at intake on a regular basis. It would definitely help them understand the phenomenon when the person comes in sick.”
A new study, conducted by the Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), states that the consumption of Vitamin D supplement can help in protecting people against respiratory infectious diseases, such as flu and cold.
For the study, the team of researchers analyzed data from 11,000 people who took part in 25 clinical trials in 14 countries, including the UK, Japan, U.S., India, and Italy. The results show that 1 person of 33 people taking the supplement was free from infection.
Researchers note: “The bottom line is that the protective effects of vitamin D supplementation are strongest in those who have the lowest vitamin D levels, and when supplementation is given daily or weekly rather than in more widely spaced doses.”
If it is a common situation for you to fight illnesses, health experts say it is necessary to consult a doctor who can determine if there is any underlying medical cause to blame. But you also can boost immunity. Here are 9 ways to do this during this season to defend yourself from various infections and diseases:
Keep your body healthy.
Consume yoghurt and kefir as a part of healthy diet.
When days become shorter and temperature goes down, the season of colds and flu arrives. And we all are trying to boost our immune system by all available means. But sometimes, even trying so hard, some of us inevitably get cold. In this case, the right diet can help too.
Here’s the list of top 6 foods approved by nutritionists that can help you boost your immunity and overcome colds faster:
Herbs and spices (e.g., turmeric, cumin, garlic etc.).
More information about these amazing foods is here.