The cure for the common cold has been elusive this year, but certain foods show promise in helping severity and duration of its symptoms. Yes chicken soup may be on of the best. The soup acts as an anti-inflammatory. It temporarily speeds movement of the mucus through the nose, relieving congestion and limiting the time the viruses spend in contact with the nasal lining. Also helping you stay hydrated which is important with a cold.
Antioxidants interfere with the disease process by neutralizing free radicals. This helps ward off a cold or helping you recover from one more quickly. Look for fruits and vegetables that are rich in antioxidants such as beta carotene and other carotenoids as well as vitamins C and E. Try apricots, asparagus, beets, carrots, squash, sweet potatoes, and tomatoes. Citrus fruits probably come to mind first when you think about vitamin C but broccoli, cantaloupe, kale, bell peppers, and strawberries are good sources. Vitamin C has been found to reduce the duration of colds. Foods with high levels of vitamin E include almonds, peanuts butter, salmon, and sunflower seeds.
Drinking warm lemon water with honey may relieve coughs and sore throats. Teas are rich in antioxidants and possibly the best is green tea. The best thing you can do is eat a rainbow of foods.