Regular coffee can help relieve asthma
I was wondering if you could answer a few questions for me about coffee and asthma. I've tried coffee, and it certainly works for my asthma!
Does it have to be regular coffee, or can it be decaf? Should the coffee be brewed, or can it be instant coffee? I am going on vacation this month, and it would make me feel better to know these things, in case I run into trouble.
Physicians have known about the beneficial effect of coffee for treating asthma since at least 1859 (Edinburgh Medical Journal). Research has shown that caffeine can open airways and improve asthma symptoms (New England Journal of Medicine, March 22, 1984). The dose is about three cups of strong coffee for an average adult.
Caffeine is related to theophylline, an old-fashioned asthma drug. As a result, decaf coffee will not work. Instant coffee contains less caffeine than brewed coffee, so a person might need a few more cups of instant.
You should not rely on caffeine to control asthma symptoms. Although it can be helpful in a pinch, prescribed medication offers more reliable relief.