Any fan of Harry Potter will know that chocolate is used as a cure-all for many ailments, and many readers were jealous of not being able to use chocolate in the same way. But is there a basis for the use of chocolate in the book series? Research has actually shown that 70% cacao could fight cold and flu symptoms!
Some of the most common cold and flu symptoms include:
- Sore throat
- Stuffy nose
- A hacking cough with moderate chest discomfort
- Vomiting and diarrhea
- Severe cough
While chocolate can’t cure all of the symptoms above, it has been shown to be an excellent way to soothe the throat and calm coughs. In addition, chocolate has been shown to prevent migraines and headaches.
Chocolate Brings Relief for a Sore Throat & Dry Cough!
For sore throats and coughs, try taking a piece of chocolate and hold it in your mouth, so it slowly dissolves and coats the throat. The chocolate works similarly to honey in the way it desensitizes aggravated nerves in the throat. Hot chocolate made from dark cacao is also very effective. However, if you are experiencing an abundance of mucus, use water instead of milk to make the hot chocolate since milk can thicken the phlegm.
Don’t Forget Your Flu Vaccine!
It is important to remember that while chocolate can help make you feel a bit better, it is not a cure-all. Consider getting the flu shot as a smart preventative measure. Getting vaccinated each season can protect you and friends and loved ones to stay healthy. You can still eat the chocolate, but there’s no need to use it as a pain reliever continuously!
When to Visit an Urgent Care Center
The flu can be a dangerous condition for many people, and it is important to recognize when a trip to an urgent care center is necessary. Certain health conditions like asthma, COPD, lung disease, heart disease, or other immune system weakening conditions can make flu symptoms more intense. While it’s best to visit our urgent care center for your annual flu vaccine before symptoms have the chance to develop, we encourage you to stop by our facility if you experience any of them for immediate treatment.