Having a coughing fit? A piece of dark chocolate may calm your cough. In research conducted by London’s Imperial College, it was found that theobromine, an alkaloid found in cocoa, suppresses coughs. According to WebMD, “Researchers say theobromine appears to calm coughs by suppressing the vagal nerve activity.” In other words, the ingredient helps to protect the nerve endings in your throat which triggers your urge to cough.
In addition to eating dark chocolate in moderation, here are a few more home remedies that can help to quiet your cough:
- Sipping warm liquids such as soup, tea or warm apple juice
- Hydration-drinking plenty of water
- Saline rinses
- Ginger (ginger tea recipe http://flushinghospital.org/newsletter/?p=648)
It is recommended that you speak with your doctor before trying these remedies, as each person’s case and medical condition is unique.
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