WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A new study has shown that chocolate can actually be more helpful in soothing a cough than codeine-based medicine.
- ROCOCO, a chocolate-based medication, licensed under the name Unicough, is what is being used in the study.
- It’s not the first time that chocolate has proven itself to be effective for the treatment of a cough as researchers from the Imperial College of London have also studied a component of cocoa that soothes the cough reflex.
A new study says that chocolate may actually be better for that annoying cough as compared to your usual cough syrup. Researchers recently observed a total of 163 people in Yorkshire at the University of Hull.
As compared to those using codeine-based medications, results showed that significant improvement was reported within two days for those who used chocolate-based medicines. These chocolate-based meds were so effective that many of the people using them were able to stop all treatments for their cough early. The results will likely be officially published within the next 12 months in a scientific journal.
The new chocolate-based medication is known as ROCOCO but is licensed under the name Unicough. It is believed to be able to “relieve irritation and inflammation more effectively than codeine” because of an alkaloid in cocoa called theobromine, that has this effect.
According to the Daily Mail, this fact has been previously supported by researchers from the Imperial College in London.
The new study also points out that it may be the demulcent properties of cocoa that aids in soothing a cough. Chocolate-based medication has the ability to more effectively coat the throat than the regular codeine-based medications. The cough reflex is eased because nerve endings in the throat are protected.
Alyn Morice, head of cardiovascular and respiratory studies at the University of Hull and an International Society for the Study of Cough’s founding member, warns that drinking a cup of hot chocolate won’t have the same effect as Unicough. The liquid of hot cocoa is not thick enough to warrant a significant effect.
Morice says that perhaps “slowly sucking on a piece of chocolate may provide some relief”, but he continues on to explain that it’s probably how the chocolate compounds and other ingredients work together in the new medication that results in the soothing effect.