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Coffee, a Non-Drug Remedy for Flu?

Coffee, a Treat for Flu

Coffee may help cure flu?

I doubted. But a source I trust has recently put forward the same.

The treat is said to be appropriate just before the onset of flu, that is, as soon as there is any symptoms of running nose, sneezing, headache or muscle aches. To confess, I was somewhat skeptical when reading the headline. Like the writer mentioned, it is rather controversial as whether or not drinking coffee is good to health not to mention the capacity to cure. Yet having finished reading the article, I find myself converted and feel urged to share this – but almost 48 hours were gone, I’m still drafting…

I do not hope you would need this, but if you also see the logic in this remedy as much as I do, keep it or share it in case needed.

To read the original article in Chinese, click here.

Coffee, a Cure for Flu
Old Town 2 in 1 White Coffee bought in Ipoh, but recently I have seen similar ones in H.K.

The Treat

Feed yourself rapidly with a good amount of hot water, about two or three cups. The water should be hot (but nice to down), not warm.

Then, depending on your usual tolerance, drink one to three cups of hot coffee. The key point is, the coffee again has to be hot not cold, or the treat will become invalid. Yet unlike drinking the hot water, you may enjoy the coffee at your own pace as long as it is still hot. And, feel free to add (or to skip) sugar or milk to taste.

Half an hour later, you shall need to urinate frequently. And eighty percent of the chances are that the symptoms of flu will diminishes in two to three hours since the virus is discharged from the body – isn’t this a good aspect of coffee’s diuretic property!.

According to Yim, a film director as well as the author of this article, he has a problem reacting to ordinary coffee. Every time he consumes, he needs to go to washroom and has loose bowel. So he could only limit himself to low-caffeine coffee.

He added that this treat is NOT suitable for people who suffer from high blood pressure. (If your doctor has advised you not to take coffee, then I believe this treat is not suitable for you. Perhaps you may want to read another recipe for possible lowering of blood pressure.)

In responding to one of the sayings suggesting that drinking coffee may cause osteoporosis, especially in women, the author argued that the major premise lies in having too much animal protein foods, too less exercises and too little sunbathes. Coupled with post-menopause, when estrogen level is insufficient, if women still take a large amount of caffeine, then, the bone disorder will be further deteriorated.

I have not tried this treat but I shall take it as a keeper. To prevent flu, check out this healing soup.

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  1. sophia

    Wow. This just made me love coffee even more. Hm…this might be why I never get the flu since I drink coffee so much! >__<

    p.s. I'm going to ignore the osteoporosis part….

  2. tigerfish

    Not sure abt coffee and flu relation – never heard of it. But coffee does have antioxidants so not sure if that helps. Hahha….

    I drink coffee but limit to one per day in the morning to perk me up. I only drink black coffee now. Once in a while I will try and taste 2-in-1 coffee , esp when i am back in Singapore.

  3. TasteHongKong

    Admire you! I love the flavors of coffee yet sadly can’t take too much of it.
    p.s. You must be young enough to ignore that …

    I think you know the balance, considered that coffee is a food that has both benefits and harms. I’m not good at choosing a cup of good coffee; occasionally I’ll try a few sips if it smells good. The 2-in-1 here is one : ).

  4. I'Ching

    Feeling symptoms of a cold…will go down a few cups of coffee now to see if it works. By the way, you were in Ipoh? My parents are there and I’m heading there in a few weeks. So good to hear Ipoh mentioned in a blog by a non-Ipohite!

  5. TasteHongKong

    Although I’m not sure if this will also cure cold, hope you are in the 80% category. Good luck and get well soon!
    Yes, I visited Ipon this year in March and enjoyed the bean sprout chicken. To me, Ipoh is famous for its unique bean sprouts.
    Enjoy your trip back!

  6. kristy

    Oh dear, thanks so much for sharing such info. Most appreciate it. I love coffee but not addicted. It’s simply a great relief when having one or twice a day but sometimes I will replace coffee with tea or chinese tea.
    Hope you’re having a great day.

  7. Juliana

    I will definitely keep this in mind…it seems that lately coffee has been shown to have lots of the benefits. Thanks for sharing this information.
    Hope you are having a great week šŸ™‚

  8. TasteHongKong

    @kristy, @ Juliana,
    You are welcome,
    Hope you are having a great time too : ).

  9. Alyssia Wong

    This is one of the best White Coffee from Ipoh. Well, i read one article, it proven is good to take one cup of coffee per day as is against cancer. According to The New York Times, scientists conducting an international review of 66 studies found coffee drinking had “little if any effect on the risk of developing pancreatic or kidney cancer. In fact, another review suggested that compared with people who do not drink coffee, those who do have half the risk of developing liver cancer.” And a study of 59,000 women in Sweden (the country with the highest coffee consumption per capita in the world) found no connection between caffeine consumption and breast cancer. You may refer to this article from .

  10. TasteHongKong

    An interesting post, and sounds like it agrees with the column I read. I believe Iā€™m the type that needs to count sheep after drinking coffee late : ). Thanks for the link.

  11. penny aka jeroxie

    I am a coffee drinker… latte a day keeps the doctor away šŸ˜€

  12. TasteHongKong

    @penny aka jeroxie,
    … perhaps an economic way to keep the doctor away : ).

  13. mycookinghut

    I just recovered from flu. Too bad I can’t drink coffee else I would have tried. This white coffee from Ipoh is very popular back in Malaysia.

  14. Lori

    I love learning about all the research oncoffee. This is definitely an interesting use of it. I have to say I’d be willing to try it.

  15. Amy Tong

    Having a cold or not…I drink coffee everyday. The Old Town brand is my favorite too if I’m making instants ones. šŸ™‚

  16. TasteHongKong

    @Amy Tong,
    Thanks for sharing.

  17. Indonesia Eats

    Can you believe that I have been using coffee to cure my headache since I was 18 yo? šŸ˜€

  18. Alyssia Wong

    really ?

  19. Jason

    The osteoporosis is because caffeine makes you lose calcium, but that can be compensated for by adding a little milk to your coffee.

  20. Alyssia Wong

    Yes , i agree with you.. This is make sense by adding milk to the coffee when compare with black coffee

  21. Jaime

    Now to know that Coffee is a flu remedy, there’s no wonder my blocked or running nose were always cleared after a cuppa. But It did not work for my the other coffee-addicted firend.

  22. TasteHongKong

    @Indonesia Eats,
    Iā€™m thinking if you have also consulted your doctor ā€¦ take care!

  23. TasteHongKong

    @Alyssia Wong,
    Noted with thanks, though Iā€™m not that knowledgeable to give an opinion.

  24. TasteHongKong

    I see. Sounds like frequent drinking makes the virus know how to counter-act.

  25. Joseph Wade

    I’ve been drinking coffee since I was just in college and i do it with moderate.Too much is not good anymore

  26. Kimmo Laine

    I wouldn’t call coffee exactly “non-drug” but living and breathing here with a fever and flu, I’ve got to say that after a cup I feel better than in days. If it’s used to push through at work or school when ill, it might be harmful, but this way it works. In moderation, while resting.

  27. Orlando Chauke

    Coffee does work faster than the medication trust me!! I came across this site becuase I was researching the effect of coffee on flu. Yersterday I nearly died of flu. I came home from town with my wife not feeling well…but it was not that bad until I was few blocks from our appartment. I started coughing roughly pushed to a point of vomiting. I wobbled into my home and immediately rushed to the bathroom to cough and vomit at the same time. I then told my wife to plug me a cup of coffee while I drunk warm water from the bathroom tap. Thereafter when she was done I drunk the coffee and instately felt relieved as I I was not ill. It did not take more than five minutes to make me feel relieved. The author here is right…about few minutes later I went to pee several times after wich I felt almost completely healed that no one would believe that I was the same person who looked like he was going to die of flu just moment a go. This is the main reason why I started my research about coffee and consequently came across this article.