In many cultures, however, ancient traditions dictate an important role of bone broth in the daily diet or to alleviate illness. Traditionally, Jewish chicken soup has been called «Jewish penicillin» and is frequently used as an antidote for the common cold. You might think the benefit of chicken soup is just an old wives tale, but it has in fact been tested in a trial and measurable positive effects were found. Possible explanations could be that warm vapors from the soup help clear a stuffy nose, and that some of the components in the soup reduce inflammation [8].