revalenta

revalenta

(ˌrɛvəˈlɛntə)
n
(Cookery) a mixture of flour made from lentils and barley
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Revalenta Arabica, a farinaceous food supplement for sale in England in the mid-1800s, promised to cure everything from heart palpitations to consumption to "involuntary blushing, tremors, dislike to society, unfitness for study, delusion, loss of memory, vertigo, blood to the head, exhaustion, melancholy, groundless fear, indecision, wretchedness, thoughts of self-destruction, etc." What, no weight-loss guarantees?
It was here that James would take his last breath after prescriptions of Valentine's meat juice, Du Barry's Revalenta Arabica invalid food, sulphonal, nitroglycerine, cocaine, phosphoric acid and Fowler's solution of arsenic failed to restore him.