Robert: Science says chocolate can help cure a cough
Next time you have a persistent tickle in your throat, forget grabbing the cough syrup, go for a chocolate bar. According to Professor Alyn Morice, head of cardiovascular and respiratory studies at the University of Hull and founding member of the International Society for the Study of Cough, “chocolate can calm coughs”.
A study of 163 people revealed that the patients who took a chocolate-based medicine saw significant improvements in as early as two days.
According to Professor Morice, chocolate can create a sticky coating that forms on the throat’s nerve endings, suppressing the urge to cough. “This demulcent effect explains why honey and lemon and other sugary syrups can help, but I think there is something more going on with chocolate.”
Morice adds that while a piece of chocolate could provide some relief, it works best when in conjunction with other medicinal ingredients.