Struggling with coughing fits? According to U.K. researchers, enjoying 1 oz. (about a matchbox-size piece) of dark chocolate can quell a bad cough up to 33 percent better than prescription cough suppressants, with relief lasting up to 6 hours. Cocoa’s theobromine calms activity of the cough-inducing vagus nerve, explains Joseph Maroon, M.D., author of The Longevity Factor. Plus, cocoa is loaded with flavonoids, natural compounds that double the body’s production of germ-killing antibodies.
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