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Last updated December 26, 2017, originally published May 8,
2014


By Louise Carr, Associate Editor and Featured Columnist






When Coca-Cola was first created in 1886 it was one of many
soft drinks to be marketed as a medicinal cure-all – the fizzy,
sweet beverage that originally contained coca leaves was said
to be a nerve tonic, and good for the brain.

The Coca-Cola Company removed cocaine from the ingredients
list in 1903 and dropped the health claims. While the original
distinctive Coke script is used today, no one is still claiming
Coca-Cola cures headaches. But that’s not the end of the story.

Rumors abound that Coca-Cola does have mysterious powers
--- the estimated 1.9 billion servings of Coca-Cola a day could
cure stomach problems and even make your hair look better.
But is it true? Does the super-sweet soda actually benefit your
health?

What’s The Magic Ingredient?

It’s common knowledge that the Coca-Cola formula is a closely
guarded secret. The list of ingredients is currently stored in a
sealed vault in the Coca-Cola World museum in Atlanta. But
without sneaking a peek at the recipe, it is known that coca
cola contains high fructose corn syrup or sucrose, as well as
varying combinations of caramel coloring, phosphoric acid,
lime, caffeine, and vanilla. Also rumored to be in the mix is
cinnamon, orange, lemon, and nutmeg.

[Update:
The amount of sugar in a can of Coke varies by country. In
Canada, Coke contains the equivalent of 10 teaspoons of
sugar. In the US and UK, it has nine and in Thailand, the same
can would have eight teaspoons of sugar, according to the UK-
based charity, "Action on Sugar".]

The most prominent ingredient by far is the sugar – however it
is derived. So how does a drink that loads your body with
calories actually help your health?

Coca-Cola Cures Stomach Blockages





























The same elements in the fizzy drink that cause problems for
your tooth enamel also help dissolve something in a useful way,
say researchers – namely, hard-to-digest material that builds
up and blocks the stomach.

The 2012 review from researchers at the Medical School of
Athens University, Laikon Hospital, Greece looked at 46
different cases of patients with "gastric phytobezoars".

Phytobezoars are hard balls of matter like fruits and vegetables
that cannot be digested. These phytobezoars are particularly
common in people who had gastric surgery or a stomach
condition.

For the majority of the patients who drank Coca-Cola to break
down the blockage, the beverage was successful --- a 91.3
percent success rate, according to the scientists.

Coca cola is highly acidic, which may be the reason why it can
dissolve fibers. The addition of sodium bicarbonate and carbon
dioxide may speed up the dissolving action. If you’re worried
about the calories, diet Coke and Coke Zero are equally
effective, according to the researchers.

Coca Cola Intensifies Effectiveness of Pain-killers

Coca-Cola enhances the action of ibuprofen as a painkilling
drug, according to 2003 research from the Postgraduate
Institute of Medical Education & Research, Chandigarh, India.

Ibuprofen is marketed as "Advil" in the United States and can
be found as a generic brand around the world.

Researchers looked at the effect of Coca-Cola on the action of
ibuprofen in rabbits. What they found is startling. Ibuprofen
was more effectively absorbed and therefore more effective
when combined with multiple doses of the soda drink.

Researchers went so far as to say that the daily dosage of
ibuprofen could be reduced when administered with Coca-Cola.

Keep the Bugs Away with "The Real Thing"

Crops grow better with Coke, according to reports in 2004
from India that farmers were spraying their fields with Coca-
Cola instead of spending money on expensive pesticides.

Hundreds of farmers used Coca-Cola on their farms in Andhra
Pradesh and Chattisgarh states, and many reported the death
of pests on application of the sticky spray. The reason for the
insect repellant action is unclear but it may be something
connected with the addition of citric and phosphoric acids to
the mix.

Coca Cola Hair Care

Got dull, lackluster hair? Anecdotal evidence strongly suggests
that using Coca-Cola on your hair brings out the natural curl.

Coke doesn’t exactly curl your hair, but application of the drink
may define the strands and result in a bouncier-looking ‘do.

The secret to healthy-looking curls is the phosphoric acid,
which means that Coca-Cola has a low PH level and causes the
hair cuticle to contract, making it smoother and also enhancing
the natural curl.

Apply Coca-Cola directly to the hair, leave for five to 10
minutes, then shampoo – don’t forget to wash it out or you
could be dealing with a sticky mess after a few hours.

Coca Cola as Contraception?

Coca-Cola douches were allegedly popular in the 1950s and
60s when more reliable contraceptives were not easily available.

Urban myth stated that the acidity of the drink made it act as a
spermicide. However, in case you were tempted to give it a try,
a leading professor at Boston University and Harvard Medical
School debunks the myths.

Dr. Deborah J. Anderson explains that Coca-Cola is not great as
a post-sex aid (unless you want to drink it). Many women had
been shaking Coca-Cola and spraying it into their vaginas after
sex as a spermaticide douche.  However, Coca-Cola is not an
effective spermicide because sperm can swim faster than Coke
can be sprayed. Moreover, Coca-Cola can damage the cells in
the vagina and affect the bacterial makeup of the body.

There’s even a study to prove it – coca cola has a relatively
weak spermicidal effect compared with well-know spermicidal
agents, according to a 1987 report by Veterans General
Hospital, Taipei, ROC.

Flat Coke to Settle Your Stomach?

Another Coca-Cola health myth debunked – flat Coke helps
settle the stomach. The popular belief is that carbonated drinks
gone flat can ease stomach upsets but scientists state that
sweet drinks with the fizz taken out can rehydrate and actually
make symptoms worse – particularly in children.

According to the National Institute of Health and Clinical
Excellence (NICE) in the UK, children should be given water or
re-hydrating solutions, never soda, when they are suffering
from vomiting or diarrhea.



[Update:
Coca Cola to Dislodge Food Stuck in Your Throat

Doctors have learned that Coca-Cola works about as well if not
better as an endoscopy in dislodging food stuck in your throat
.]






































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