It's not just a myth: Scientists have found that chicken soup may help to relieve symptoms of upper respiratory infections.
Researchers at the University of Nebraska Medical Center discovered that the benefits of chicken soup are more than just comfort and good taste -- chicken soup appears to have anti-inflammatory properties that may help us feel better while we wait for a cold to run its course. What they discovered is that chicken soup reduces the activity of neutrophils in the body. Neutrophils are part of our immune system -- a type of white blood cell that can trigger our body's inflammatory response [source: Rennard et al]. By reducing that inflammatory response, chicken soup may help reduce cold symptoms.