It's the cold and flue season and the manic weather isn't helping sinus and allergy sufferers. However, coffee lovers can take a snuffy sigh of relief. Coffee could possible ease symptoms associated with colds, according to an article I found on BNET, the Business Network Web site.
The article titled, The 55 Best Herbal Remedies, was first publied in September 2004 in Natural Health magazine.
The article cited coffee as a possible herbal remedy for pain relief and as a decongestant for colds, flus and asthma.
Excerpts from "The 55 Best Herbal Remedies":
Coffee for Pain Relief
Anacin and Excedrin claim that their "extra ingredient" provides greater pain relief. What is it? Caffeine. Many reports, including one in the Archives of Internal Medicine, have shown that adding about 65 milligrams of caffeine to aspirin, ibuprofen or acetaminophen increases pain relief by around 40 percent. Caffeine blocks pain perception, has pain-relieving action, and elevates mood, which also helps minimize pain. Next time you have a headache, wash down your favorite pain pill with coffee or tea for more relief.
Coffee as a Decongestant in Colds, Flu and Asthma
Caffeine opens narrowed bronchial tubes, according to Joe and Teresa Graedon, authors of The People's Pharmacy. According to a report in the Annals of Epidemiology, the odds of experiencing current asthma symptoms were reduced 29 percent for subjects who drank coffee on a regular basis when compared with non-coffee drinkers.
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