Never mind honey and lemon, the best cure for a cough is CHOCOLATE

Never mind honey and lemon, the best cure for a cough is CHOCOLATE

A lot of people are having dry and itchy throats especially during winter—making them cough all the time. Daily Mail reported that a Professor Alyn Morice from the University of Hull, United Kingdom, suggested that chocolate can actually act as cough remedy.

People often cough during the winter season.

A clinical pharmacologist and the Professor of Respiratory Medicine, Head of Medicine, Hull York Medical School at the University of Hull, Morice carried out a study and discover an amazing finding.

Chocolate can calm coughs.

According to a study which involves 163 people, the patients improved after taking chocolate-based cough medicine for two days. The researchers also found out that the alkaloid in the cocoa has high viscosity. The thickness and smoothness of the texture form a thin film at the nerve endings of the throat and reduces the itchiness

This proves that a new medicine which contains cocoa is better than a standard linctus.

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

He found out that cough medicines containing cocoa are better at soothing and clearing up coughs than those without.

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

However this wasn’t the first study to show that chocolate can calm coughs.

Theobromine, an alkaloid in cocoa, is better at suppressing the urge to cough than codeine — an established ingredient in cough medicines.

However drinking hot chocolate won’t have the same effect as the cocoa isn’t in contact with the throat long enough to form a protective coating.

Slowly sucking on a piece of chocolate may provide some relief, but I think it is the way the chocolate compounds work with other ingredients in the linctus which make it so effective.

Apart from the cocoa itself, the demulcent effect ensures the other cough-calming ingredients — diphenhydramine, levomenthol and ammonium chloride — are in contact with sensitised nerve endings for as long as possible.

Source: en.goodtimes.my, dailymail.co.uk

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