Do you believe that vitamin C can help prevent and treat colds? If so, don’t read any further. Okay, don’t say that you weren’t warned, but vitamin C doesn’t actually have any effect on treating colds per se. An experiment was conducted a while back in which one group of patients was given vitamin C, and another group was given fake vitamin C. Both groups showed about the same amount of progress in getting better, suggesting that it’s the mere idea of taking vitamin C rather than vitamin C itself that helps people get better. This is widely known as the placebo effect.
So now you know and maybe now you won’t be drinking as much orange juice. But hold on—just because a particular substance doesn’t have magical curative properties doesn’t mean that it can’t make you feel better. There’s nothing like a great bowl of chicken noodle soup when you’re feeling under the weather. It’s nice, warm, tasty and easy to eat. In the old days, a good old-fashioned chicken noodle soup recipe was said to be the key to curing a cold. These days, we cynical patients might say they know better but maybe we should hold our tongues and drink up some soup instead, since there’s no denying that we’ll feel better afterward. So instead of loading up on cough syrup and huffing humidifiers, maybe we should invest in some delicious chicken noodle soup instead.
It’s a noble effort for scientists to search for the cure for the common cold, but it’s much easier to have a great chicken noodle soup recipe under your belt when viruses strike. Cold viruses mutate, but the efficacy of chicken noodle soup remains constant. You can find chicken noodle soup recipes online, and there are different variations for all sorts of patients: the quick chicken noodle soup recipe (buying a can), the Kosher chicken noodle soup recipe (mmm, Matzo balls) and even the gluten-free chicken noodle soup recipe for health-conscious folks. The possibilities are endless. Or, you can always improvise as long as you’ve got some chicken, chicken broth and an assortment of vegetables or noodles sitting around in the kitchen. So the next time you feel like you’re coming down with something, have Mom whip you up a nice hot bowl of chicken noodle soup to tide you over. Your body and taste buds will thank you for it! And sure, it may be a placebo effect, but in the end you feel better and that’s what matters.