Chocolate may be a remedy for the common cough, according to new research, writes Roger Dobson.
A compound in cocoa has been shown to reduce symptoms of both acute and chronic coughs.
300 people with a persistent cough are taking part in a clinical trial
at 13 NHS hospitals where they are being given the naturally occurring
chemical theobromine, derived from the raw ingredient of chocolate,
twice a day for 14 days. Early indicators are that 60 per cent of patients experience some measure of relief.