Maybe you've heard before that chocolate is a good way to soothe a sore throat and cough, but now it looks like there's even more proof behind that statement.

There have been many studies done that found using chocolate can help stop an irritated throat and help suppress coughs. Which is great news! Because if you're sick, you know how annoying it can be when you have a tickle in your throat that just won't go away and you spend all your time coughing and hacking - And honestly, it takes a lot of energy out of you when you're just trying to get better.

Not only have studies been done that show chocolate can help suppress that cough, but the latest information suggests chocolate may be even better for you than cough syrup.

Back in 2013, an article was posted by MedicalDaily, that said in a study presented the year before, a chemical in cocoa blocked the action of sensory nerves. According to the article, "Blocking the sensory nerves will stop the cough reflex in a common cold."

Not only that, but in that study (and many other studies since), it was found that chocolate actually worked better than codeine or cough syrup. According to CBS,

Researchers believe the properties of cocoa are stickier and more viscose than standard medicine. They say the chocolate forms a coating in the throat...

And that helps stop the cough, and prevent more coughing.

So instead of picking up some cough medicine that's going to make you all drowsy and feel weird for a few days, why not have something delicious instead... Like a nice, big, chocolate bar. And you don't even have to share, because you're sick and all.

 

 

[MedicalDaily.com - Benefits of Chocolate: The Common Cold and 4 Illnesses That Can Be Treated with Chocolate Consumption]

[CBS - Detroit: Chocolate Works Better Than Cough Syrup]