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November 29, 2004

Chocolate good for cough!

Theobromine in chocolate suppresses Vagus (10th Cranial) nerve activitiy that causes coughing.
An ingredient of chocolate could put a stop to persistent coughs and lead to new, more effective cough medicines, research suggests.

Scientists found the key ingredient, theobromine, is nearly a third more effective in stopping persistant coughs than the leading medicine codeine.

They say it produces fewer side effects than conventional treatment - and would not leave people drowsy.

The research, led by Imperial College London, is publshed in FASEB journal.

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Wow! I WILL MAKE SURE that my nephews don't read this post. :-)

Posted by: Alka | Nov 30, 2004 9:58:48 AM

so next time you get cough, throw away all your cough syrups and grab a bar or two.. :-)

Posted by: lucidly awake | Nov 30, 2004 5:44:11 AM

Ahh...it all makes sense now!

Posted by: Arian | Nov 29, 2004 12:19:49 PM

This is nice news. There used to be a lot of talk about theobromine, along with other healthful fractions of this interesting bean. Alas, what people really like about chocolate -- the creamy sweetness -- is entirely added. (And not a one of these is good for you.) The Mesoamericans who discovered the stuff added, not fat and sugar to the exceedingly bitter brew, but pepper. Hmmm... does that explain their bloodthirsty culture and desperately pessimistic religion?

Posted by: judith | Nov 29, 2004 8:53:18 AM

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