It’s now March and even though here in Melbourne, Australia, its Autumn time and the weather should be cooling down, but not this year, it’s still mostly hot, with the odd cool day or humid day.
One thing I do know is, when the weather is a little crazy, often its a breeding ground for virus’s and we get challenges with sniffles and colds, which has been the case in my household a couple of weeks ago.
When this happens, I like to get some homemade chicken broth out of the freezer, some medicinal herbs and spices and whip up a big batch of my immune boosting soup.
Bone broths have been used in traditional cultures for centuries, not only for it’s immune boosting but many other medicinal purposes. You can find out more here if you like?
The other medicinal properties I have used in this soup are garlic, ginger, lemongrass, chilli, turmeric and miso paste. The later being optional.
- is known to boost the function of the immune system.
- One large 12-week study found that a daily garlic supplement reduced the number of colds by 63% compared with placebo.
- The average length of cold symptoms was also reduced by 70%, from 5 days in placebo to just 1.5 days in the garlic group.
- Another study found that a high dose of garlic extract (2.56 grams per day) can reduce the number of days sick with cold or flu by 61%.
If you often get colds, then adding garlic to your diet could be incredibly helpful.
Bottom Line: helps to prevent and reduce the severity of common illnesses like the flu and common cold. To read more about the benefits of garlic, click the link here from Healthy Ambition
Turmeric- has huge benefits for our health and has recently been touted as the miracle spice. I’m not one to give a single ingredient such accolades, but here is a link to scientific evidence, explaining the benefits.
Ginger- has been used in many Asian cultures for centuries for it’s medicinal properties and one that is a firm favourite in my home. Ginger is among the healthiest (and most delicious) spices on the planet. It is loaded with nutrients and bioactive compounds that have powerful benefits for your body and brain.
Benefits of Miso:
- Contains all essential amino acids, making it a complete protein
- Stimulates the secretion of digestive fluids in the stomach.
- Restores beneficial probiotic to the intestines.
- Aids in the digestion and assimilation of other foods in the intestines.
- Is a good vegetable-quality source of B vitamins (especially B12)
- Strengthens the quality of blood and lymph fluid.
- Strengthens the immune system and helps to lower LDL cholesterol.
- Is high in antioxidants that protect against free radicals.
Now, using miso paste is optional in the soup, as not all people, especially kids, like the taste. I recommend, starting with small amounts, then adding more as you go along. It’s not something you use is large amounts at any time though. Miso is heat sensitive, so add to your broth, once you remove from the stove.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do, it certainly nourishing, mind, body and soul……cold, flu or not!