A chemical in cocoa could soon be made into a medicine for the persistent winter cough.
Scientists are undertaking final clinical trials for a drug that contains theobromine, an ingredient also found in chocolate and cocoa, which could provide a (rather tasty) remedy to the persistent cough.
Theobromine stops the vagus nerve in the body flaring up, which scientists say is a common feature of persistent cough, something which affects 7.5 million of us every year.
The final stage of testing is to begin in the next few months, and the chocolate medicine could be on the shelves in just two years.
We love the sound of this…might have a Christmas chocolate to celebrate the news!