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Chicken Soup is Good for More than the Soul

Across many cultures and for many years, if you’re feeling under the weather, chicken noodle soup would be offered for comfort. But why? e Jordan Hawkins, senior research scientist at Missouri State University’s Center for Biomedical and Life Sciences,  is conducting research on International Dehydrated Foods’ chicken broth products and their relationship to inflammation and pain. This research has been funded by several grants from IDF totaling more than $100,000.

Much of the work conducted in the CBLS laboratory relates to chronic pain, especially in the orofacial region. So when they were approached by IDF to test their products relationship to inflammation and pain, Hawkins said it just made sense.

They added the broth to the diet and were able to show that by eating approximately one bowl of chicken soup per day of this product, they were able to inhibit development of chronic pain. 

Though the digestive system and nervous system wouldn’t naturally seem to have much to communicate about, Hawkins says that this study points to how important their relationship actually is.

Nicki received a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Business Administration from Missouri State in marketing, in 2002 and 2004 respectively. After gaining experience in writing, marketing, special event planning, fundraising and public relations, she returned to the university to work in the office of strategic communication. There she tells the university’s story by sharing the stories of individuals at Missouri State.
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