In honor of National Soup Month, let’s celebrate soup’s nutritional, comforting, and healing benefits. Soup provides much more than warmth on a cold day. Ladling up a bowl of hot soup can provide immune-boosting benefits. Any mother knows chicken soup relieves symptoms of the common cold. The steamy broth, chicken, carrots, onions, and other savory ingredients supply protein, vitamins, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatories to reduce nasal inflammation, open airways, and relieve congestion.

Most stews and soups start with a “broth” of juices or liquids derived from boiling and simmering vegetables, seasonings, spices, or meats. What comes next is up to you. Depending on the ingredients you choose, a hearty bowl of soup can heal an array of ailments. Simply tweak classic recipes or concoct your own soups to support your health needs. Stir in leafy greens, minced garlic, or citrus juices with Vitamin C to fight infections. Sprinkle on turmeric to create a naturally detoxifying soup. Toss in chunks of sweet potatoes or carrots to create a rejuvenating blend loaded with Vitamin A for skin health. In addition to broth-based soups, a creamy soup made with milk or cheese could help provide protein, calcium, magnesium, Vitamin A, B12, and other essential nutrients. The tasty combinations and health benefits of soups, stews, and broths are limitless.

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