Jewish Penicilline: Why is Chicken Broth so good for you?

In my last post I talked about making your own fresh chicken broth; I do, just like my Mum always has and I know it is really healthy for you. A few months back I was unlucky enough to suffer for over a month with colitis, at one stage I could only eat dry toast for 10 days. By the time I was starting to recover, as you can imagine, my body was showing all the signs of nutritional deficiency. I wanted to get started on eating a range of healthy foods, but they had to be slowly reintroduced. My saving grace was the chicken broth I made and drank three times a day. Using free range chicken and lots of vegetables to make the stock I recovered more quickly than expected. It was also interesting to see how after a couple of days of watching me knocking back chicken broth my two year old son wanted to drink it too! What a great way to get lots of goodness into him!

So now I’m more enthusiastic about chicken broth than ever and see it as a healing food, in fact my brother informed me it is known by many as ‘Jewish Penicilline’! I started reading up about chicken broth and found out it can…

  • Improve the immune system.
  • Have anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Release an amino acid (cysteine) which resemble the properties of drugs prescribed for respiratory problems.
  • Soothe sore throats and open blocked nasal passages.
  • Provide a range of vitamins through the vegetables included in the broth.
  • Help in the production of glutathione, an antioxidant, which has detoxifying properties.

Now I have to admit that boiling up a load of chicken bones isn’t my favourite cooking activity, but boy is it worth it! I’m pleased to say that using the chicken bones from your Sunday roast to make broth/stock is a great money saver and stretches one meal to make several for your meal plan.

I hope I’ve convinced you it is worth taking the time to make your own chicken broth rather than opening a salty stock cube; if you don’t do this already I challenge you to give it a try!

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6 Responses to Jewish Penicilline: Why is Chicken Broth so good for you?

  1. matt says:


  2. Angela says:

    I love chicken soup, as you know and always make it whenever I have a roast chicken, using the bones and any leftovers can go in it too. Plus I always add an onion, garlic and herbs. Got some on go at moment! We all had some last night when Gramps came!

  3. Audrey Naylor says:

    Would like to freeze chicken stock, but never know what sort of container is least awkward to use, and end up not bothering.

  4. Vicky says:

    Try an old plastic soup carton with a snap on and off lid. I find these very useful for chicken stock.

  5. John says:

    You said you “started reading up about chicken broth and found out it can” do all these amazing things. Would you care to share where this information came from? Tall tales from grandma? Why not share some actual evidence, or reasoning as to why…or even just a link or two to some sources?

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