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New Study Finds Cough Relief Through Chocolate

London–Theobromine, a compound that occurs naturally in chocolate has been found to have significant effects in relieving both acute and chronic coughs, according to researchers in the U.K.

The study was conducted at 13 National Health Services Hospitals. There were 300 participants who were given either codeine(main ingredient in many cough medicines), theobromine or a placebo. Those who ingested Theobromine produced better results than both of the other groups. Around 60% of those taking Theobromine reported some relief, according to researchers.

Theobromine was delivered in 1000 mg doses. For comparison unsweetened dark chocolate contains approximately 450 mg per ounce, sweetened dark chocolate contains approximately 150 mg and milk chocolate around 60 mg.

Alyn Morice, head of the Hull Cough Clinic and principal investigator professor says “Eating a bar of chocolate a day which has high levels of theobromine may also be effective for people with diagnosed persistent cough, however eating a bar of chocolate on a daily basis may have unwanted effects, such as weight gain.

This study was originally posted by shallo on December 14, 2012. The URL to the original article: http://www.candyandsnacktoday.com/archives/2012/12/study-finds-cough-relief-through-chocolate.shtml

I post this article because on my website DAVIDS DELICIOUS CHOCOLATES I have a WELLNESS COLLECTION of dark chocolate candies in which the dark chocolate is 72% cocoa so less sugar and these chocolates include chia seeds a powerful antioxident plus several also include blueberries and almonds so we all can enjoy without guilt and get our TEPSON scanner imageheobromine.
Being diabetic I take a little dark chocolate and a little red wine every night and I wake up in the morning with a smile on my face-my blood sugar is within limits.
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Posted by on December 18, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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THE CHOCOLATE POSTMAN

THE CACAO TREE

Chocolate comes from the cacao tree which is formerly known as Theobroma CacaoEPSON scanner image.  Perhaps its the  temperament of this mother tree that gives chocolate some of its intense and exotic taste.  Cacao trees flourish only in the hot rainy tropics in a swath 20 degrees north and south of the Equator.

Cacao trees are delicate plants that live in the understory of tropical forests and require other taller trees to protect them from sun and wind.  These petite trees top out at 60 feet in the wild although most grow only 20 to 40 feet high.  Shielded from wind and sun by hardwoods and other trees that stretch as high as 200 feet.  The cacao tree has large glossy leaves that are roughly the size of an outstretched human hand.  Young trees have flashy red leaves while mature trees are green.

This showy tree draws other plants to it.  Moss and lichens cling to its bark as do small orchids.  Theobroma Cacao’s  own pink or white blossoms adorn the branches.  some of these pretty flowers turn into colorful fruits called pods which are filled with sweet juice and bitter seeds.  These seeds are the cocoa beans and form the heart of chocolate.

DID YOU KNOW?

Cacao leaves can move 90 degrees from horizontal to vertical to get the sun and to protect younger leaves.

Also, that flamingos can only eat with their heads upside down.

What a wonderful world!

(to be continued)

 
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Posted by on December 17, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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