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Medical Edge: Chicken Soup

Updated: Wednesday, January 22 2014, 11:58 PM EST
CINCINNATI (Liz Bonis) -- Talk about a recipe for success!

Hospital chef Tina Miller says the secret to sensational chicken soup starts with ingredients that are a powerful prescription for good health.

"Carrots, celery and onion, garlic, which has fantastic health benefits, and then I used fresh herbs.  I used fresh thyme and fresh parsley."

Those ingredients have phytochemicals, nutrients in the colors, scents, flavors and textures, you are likely going to need in the near future to fight off what's going around.

"I think we've hit our peak of flu season in the past few weeks."

Doctor Rissover is a specialist in internal medicine who also coordinates the Wise Temple Brotherhood Chicken Soup Cookoff each year.  He says it's no secret the soup has medicinal benefits which can steam open the sinuses.

"There's something in the soup that causes the mucus to get out of your system."

Not only that, it's cost effective and maybe even infection fighting by stopping the movement, Doctor Rissover says, of white blood cells in the body.

"White blood cells are the things that produce cytokynes, the inflammatory components things that make you teary, give you a runny nose, make you cough."

The best part of this of course is that this may be medicine not just for the body but also the soul.

You can find that recipe HERE.

More on Sunday's Chicken Soup Cookoff HERE.

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