A recent study revealed that chocolate helps get rid of cough – cocoa has been found to contain a compound that relieves coughing bouts.
The research involved 300 volunteers suffering from chronic cough. They were given theobromine extracted from chocolate two times a day during 2 weeks. 60% of the cases showed an improvement.
The researchers say that dark chocolate contains enough theobromine to influence chronic cough. It inhibits the functioning of sensitive nerves and thus brings down the coughing reflex.
The most efficacious dose was found to be 0.035 oz. 1 oz. of dark bitter chocolate contains 0.015 oz. of theobromine.