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Updated on January 14, 2013


We all suffer from coughing at times, some worse than others. This Hub is being composed as the UK winter kicks in with promise of snow and ice imminent. To an extent I welcome that as it seems most of us have been stricken over Christmas and New Year by either the winter vomiting virus or a chest virus resulting in considerable coughing followed by nasty green looking sputum. Our family has fallen foul of the latter, boosting the antibiotic pharmacy accounts quite considerably.Hence the hope that sub-zero temperatures will kill off the bugs. However that may be, whilst continuing to wrack my chest with constant coughing, I was somewhat cheered to read that recent research has revealed that for the common cough at least, chocolate may provide a ready remedy.


NHS Hospitals in the UK have taken a clinical trial group of over 300 people with what are termed "persistent coughs". Patients were given twice daily doses of theobromine for 14 days at the end of which 60% are claimed to have received at least some relief from their coughs. Now, if like me you have not got a clue what theobromine is, you will be pleased to learn that it is derived from the raw ingredient that makes up chocolate.


Sadly, if the chocolate is discontinued the effects return which is not good news for coughers with weight issues perhaps. Again, whilst most of us get coughs at sometime or other, it is to those who have a persistent coughing problem that this research has been aimed and in those cases the "chocolate" was given as a capsule.

The understanding is that dark chocolate is more effective than milk chocolate and unsweetened dark is more effective than sweetened. The explanation for this is that unsweetened dark chocolate contains 450mg per ounce of theobromine, whilst sweetened dark has 150mg and milk only 60mg per ounce. Each single dose given in the trials was 1000mg, which isaround the size of a 2.25 ounce bar in normal unsweetened dark chocolate.

I have been eating chocolate both dark and milk and sweet and unsweet all over the Festive period but to no discernible change to my current cough. This is not to negate the trial as they relate firmly to those with "persistent coughs" and clearly mine is not in that category, nor could I claim to have eaten at least 2.25 ounces of unsweetened dar for 14 days ! However, those with a persistent cough could clearly do worse than seek out bars of dark ,unsweetened chocolate and take in 2.25 ounces daily for 14 days to see if they improve or not. If you are so persuaded to attempt this, please do send a comment after the period to indicate if you are one of the 60% claimed to benefit from taking the "treatment".


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      j w adams 

      5 years ago from Essex/ Alanya/ Hurghada

      Who am L to say that anyone is wrong about this ? I assume that the NHS have better things to do than publish incorrect research though. Maybe the answer is in the old saying "suck em and see"

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      Paul Jenkins 

      5 years ago from Earth

      I'm sorry but I ust don't believe this for a second. Everyone knows that you should avoid sweets and junk when you are sick. You are much better off to just fast and drink a ton of water.

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      6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I don't have a persistant cough, but I think I will eat the chocolate to be on the safe side.


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