Coca-cola 'helps cure stomach condition'

8 January 2013

Coca-cola has been found to be an interesting medical cure for patients with a certain stomach condition, so much so that it spares people from having to undergo surgery.

Researchers from Athens University's medical school have reported how certain doctors are using this popular fizzy drink to help tackle a condition known as gastric phytobezoar.

What the team of scientists figured out was that the ingredients in Coca-cola offer the same equivalent healing powers as gastric acid.

Additionally, the bubbles that naturally form in this classic pop, which has become a firm part of popular culture, help speed up the healing process.

Gastric phytobezoar is basically a stomach blockage that arises when certain fruits are not properly digested as they should be, which can then result in an obstruction to the bowel.

The report stated that even where Coca-cola doesn't fully obliterate the food that is causing the blockage, it makes it small enough to tackle without patients having to undergo full surgery.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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