Whoever says chocolate is bad for people with cough must be ashamed right now. A new study found that dark chocolate is actually better than cough syrup in relieving a tickle or hacking cough. Not convinced? Read on.
Professor Alyn Morice, head of cardiovascular and respiratory studies at the University of Hull, cites a recent research that investigated and compared the effects of a medicine containing cocoa and a widely used cough syrup called Codeine.
Codeine Cough Syrup
The results of the study show that those who took the cocoa-based drug exhibited more significant improvements than those who took Codeine. Amazing!
What more, another study from the Imperial College London, explains that cocoa contains an alkaloid that is more effective than Codeine when it comes to suppressing the urge to cough.
Simply put, the consistency of chocolate is much stickier than that of cough medicines. With this, it is much better at coating the throat and protecting the nerve endings that trigger the cough sensation.
Not just a gastronomic delight.
Experts say more research is needed to solidify the findings. Nonetheless, we couldn’t be any happier the next time the cough bug hits us!
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Source: Food and Wine
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