Monday 25 September 2017

Chocolate is what you need to cure that pesky cough, says study

Chocolate is what you need to cure that pesky cough, says study. Image: Getty
Chocolate is what you need to cure that pesky cough, says study. Image: Getty
Amy Mulvaney

Amy Mulvaney

It turns out that chocolate might be key to curing your pesky cough, according to a new study.

Coughing is the soundtrack to the month of January for many people, but it turns out that a treat sitting in your kitchen press might just be the answer to curing it.

According to Professor Alyn Morice from Hull University, chocolate is better at treating coughs than other ingredients, such as lemon and honey, as an active ingredient in cocoa, theobromine, can act as a cough supressant.

Professor Morice is a founding member of the International Society for the Study of Cough and told the Daily Mail about a recent study, ROCOCO, which researched over-the-counter cough remedies.

The trial of 163 patients found  that medicine which contains cocoa was more effective than standard formulas.

"The head-to-head comparison found that patients taking the chocolate-based medicine had a significant improvement in symptoms within two days," he said.

Professor Morice believes that cocoa works well at forming a protective coating on the throat to prevent that itchy feeling.

"I’m sure it has a pharmacological activity, some sort of inhibitory effect on the nerve endings themselves," he said.

"Sucking on a piece of chocolate might provide some relief."

Square of Dairy Milk, anyone?

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