This news will delight all chocolate lovers. According to a survey of the British national health service, the sweet treat helps in calming chronic cough.
The study included 300 Britons with an extensive problem of dry, irritated cough, and were treated with a bitter alkaloid in cocoa – theobromine. The treatment lasted 14 days. The daily dose of theobromine which have been subjected to the patients was 1000 mg, and the results showed reduction of cough in 60 percent of patients.
In the another study, conducted by the National Institute for Heart and Lung found that theobromine blocking effect sensors in the brain that can induce coughing. Blocking sensory nerves stops the cough reflex.
In addition to chocolate, theobromine is found in other food products that contain cocoa, and tea leaves. The amount of theobromine in cocoa powder varies from 2 to 10 percent.
The amount of theobromine per 100 g of dark, unsweetened chocolate is about 1600 mg. Per 100 g of dark chocolate sweetened with about 500 mg, and milk chocolate only about 200 mg.
Theobromine is used in modern medicine from the early 20th century, and is used for blood pressure.
In addition theobromine, chocolate is an important source of phytochemicals, antioxidants and polyphenols that have a number of positive effects on human health.
Still, chocolate is not a permanent solution, since it is likely to return cough after stopping “chocolate therapy”.