Boost Your Immune System with Chicken Soup


| 12/3/2010 4:04:12 PM


KCWhen we received a package of Avena BotanicalsImmune Soup mix a few weeks ago, I’ll admit I immediately had the impression of a bag of twigs and toadstools. However, knowing Avena Botanicals, I realized it would be smart to look beyond appearances and see what useful ingredients they had sent us.  

Those dried materials, as it turns out, were some of nature’s hardest-hitting immune-boosting herbs: astragalus root (Astragalus membranaceus), burdock root (Arctium lappa), codonopsis (Codonopsis sp.), reishi mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum) and shiitake mushrooms (Lentinula edodes). Though I cook with shitake mushrooms all the time now, I wasn’t certain how this combination would taste as an actual culinary blend.  

However, having been sick off and on for nearly six weeks from a bad flu bug that grabbed hold and hasn’t wanted to let go, I was ready to give my immune system some jet fuel, and hold my nose if I needed to do that to get it down. So over the weekend I made some fabulous chicken soup, which I flavored with five-spice powder and the Immunity Soup. 

(Click here for healing soup recipes by botanist James Duke, Ph.D.) 

I expected to hold my nose and just “take” the soup like a good soldier. I didn’t expect it to be tasty and to add such a nice depth of flavor to my soup. But I really love what it has done to what was already a pretty tasty soup. Now, if it keeps my immune system healthy and keeps me from getting another of the nasty bugs that seem already to have gotten a foothold in our office, I will be unabashedly grateful. 



12-7-2010-winter soup
Warm up with herbal soups, such as this
Chicken and Parsley Noodle Soup.
Photo by Howard Lee Puckett
  



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