Chocolate has long been known to have many health benefits due to its high antioxidant content. This content can protect the skin from damage.
Not only that, chocolate also contains theobromine, which can relieve cough, especially coughing in a long period and continuous or persistent.
Scientists are now at the final stages of clinical testing on drugs that contain theobromine, a natural substance found in cocoa and chocolate. If the experiment is successful, this drug can be marketed within the next two years, according to Daily Mail.
This research was made because more and more people suffer from persistent coughing. More than seven million citizens of England suffer from a cough that lasted continuously or lasts more than two weeks. Their cough is accompanied by symptoms of asthma and fever.
Meanwhile, medicine available only soothe the symptoms, rather than deal with the cause. These medicines has been criticized because it has side effects, like drowsiness. So, there are fears of side effects caused by codeine-based medicine, which uses chemicals similar to illegal drugs.
The research conducted at Londonís National Heart and Lung Institute found that theobromine are 33 percent more effective in handling cough than codeine. These natural ingredients work directly on the vagus nerve, which is responsible for persistent cough.