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Chicken soup for the soul -- and high blood pressure

A food and health tip for these trying times: we all know that chicken soup is good for the soul . . . and for colds, but now new research shows that chicken soup may lower high blood pressure.

Seems that collagen proteins found in chicken can have this medicinal effect. In a recent study Japanese researchers fed collagen proteins to rats, which lowered their blood pressure and acted similarly to ACE inhibitor blood pressure medications.

Here's a bonus — a chicken soup joke:

At Jerry's wake, as his family moved to the coffin to pray for his soul, an old granny shouted from the back “Feed him chicken soup!” She repeated this shout a few times before somebody spoke up, “But Jerry's dead — chicken soup won't help him.”

"It can't hurt him!” piped granny.