Rooting its name from the term “theo” and “broma” which historically means “food of the gods”, there is indeed quite a great interest in the cacao plant compound Theobromine. The existence of the compound in cacao beans was originally discovered in the 1840’s but due to lack of advanced procedures for isolation and synthesis, experts only began Theobromine synthesis in the 1880’s. Since then, several studies were conducted to fully establish how Theobromine may work in enhancing overall wellness. Quantitative studies conducted both on animal and human subjects were also completed showing that the compound have certain vasodilator effects which can promote lowering of blood pressure and prevention of Cerebro-vascular Accidents or strokes. Currently, however, the compound is not yet being used in the production of therapeutic medications.
What is Theobromine?
Theobromine is generally classified as a bitter alkaloid. It is found in various concentrations from different types of cacao plants. Pharmacologic studies show that the amount of Theobromine is higher in dark chocolates than in white chocolates. It may also be isolated in minute quantities in other food sources including guarana berry and yerba mate. All other foods containing quantities of chocolates may also yield amounts of Theobromine which can effectively improve overall health. In the recent decade, the inclusion of Theobromine in health supplement formulations also began rising, following completion of feasibility studies. With Theobromine supplementation, it is believed that individuals of various ages may experience improvement not only in terms of cardiovascular health but also in kidney function.
What are the benefits of using Theobromine?
Taking in Theobromine supplements provide several health benefits. However, it must be taken only within recommended doses. The following are some of the most well-known benefits of using Theobromine:
- It may treat circulatory problems
Problems associated with the circulatory system can cause serious medical conditions with both short-term and long-term effects. In several studies, experts found that the effect of Theobromine in increasing urine production, thus enhancing dilatation of blood vessels, can prevent development of arteriosclerosis, angina pectoris and other vascular diseases. Preventing these diseases can also help reduce risk for myocardial infarction.
- It may prevent cancer
Another aspect of potential health effect of Theobromine supplementation which is currently gaining popularity in various areas across the world is the claim that it may help prevent cancer. Some experts say that the compound works as an antioxidant, thereby promoting elimination of free radicals in cells and blood vessels.
- It has stimulant effects
Similar to caffeine, but not in mechanisms of action, Theobromine is also found to have stimulating effects among humans. It does not, however, affect the central nervous system, making it an alternative source for caffeine.
Theobromine is one of the most beneficial compounds found in Cacao plant. Combined with other health compounds, Theobromine is said to help promote overall health.