This soup is recommended for those who are highly predisposed to developing urinary tract infections. The ingredients used in making this soup are highly rich in nutrients which have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antibacterial properties. Onions and apples are the two top sources of quercetin used by people in their natural remedies.
For those who are unaware of this fact, quercetin is a flavonoid that is rich in anti-inflammatory properties. This antioxidant can be found in significant quantities even in green tea or red wine. Quercetin is, as a result, the main compound that turns what looks like a regular soup into something that is a true prophylactic remedy against urinary tract infections.
What are the ingredients needed to make this soup?
It is not really difficult to make this recipe, and the ingredients may already be in your cupboard. This is what you’ll need to make this wonder soup:
- 3 apples
- 2 medium sized onions
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- 1 piece of leek
- condiments: rosemary, thyme and parsley
- bran broth
Now that you have the ingredients, the next step would be making the soup itself. It is not that difficult to prepare it. First, you will need a pot placed over a medium fire, in which you just put the olive oil for heating. Next, you will have to add the onions and the leek, which were either cut into rings or strips and sauté them until they have a yellow color. Add the broth and let it boil on the stove for a bit. Afterwards, you add the apples cut into little cubes, and lower the fire. Let everything boil for about 10 minutes, and then add salt and pepper, depending on how much you want.
This soup is to be served in bowls, and you can add the rosemary, thyme and parsley just before you serve it. You can also add some tomato sauce in the composition, just before serving it.
The soup is very healthy due to the quercetin found in its composition. This compound has antioxidant properties and reduces inflammation through the inhibition of proinflammatory cytokines production such as the interleukin and the tumor necrosis factor.
Studies conducted on animals show that quercetin helped in relieving pain, oxidative stress and the production of inflammatory substances. Also, another research conducted on humans showed that quercetin is associated with a lower risk of heart disease, colon cancer and even prostate cancer. It also helps in curing mouth sores, reduces allergies and also helps in reducing systolic blood pressure.
But although this soup seems to be like the perfect health care product, some precautions need to be kept in mind. This recipe is not recommended for people who are already affected by a urinary tract infection – its role is only to prevent it. If you are already suffering from this condition, irritant foods like onions need to be avoided at all cost.