Have you ever thought that a little chocolate must be good for you?
After all, how can something that tastes so good be all bad, right?
Science is beginning to discover what folklore and healers — and common sense — have known for millennia: preparation of the bean of the Theobroma cacao plant, the source of theobromine, has therapeutic effects.
But before we dive into the broad benefits, let’s take a look at what this compound is and what it does.
What is theobromine?
Theobromine is the primary methylxanthine in chocolate; a plant-based nitrogen-containing compound that exerts physiological actions on, we, humans. While theobromine is also found in tea and other cocoa products, chocolate is the main source; dark chocolate specifically. So much so that dark chocolate contains an estimated seven times more theobromine than milk chocolate.
What does theobromine do?
The human body is maintained and changed by countless reactions and biological prods. A noticeable example is when you haven’t eaten in a while. A range of chemicals spring into action and remind you that you’re hungry and need to be fed.
You can think of this process, along with a host of others, as a walk along a pathway. A variety of inputs change the output of a specific journey. Back to our hunger example, when you take the step of eating, the “hungry” switch moves to the off position. The balance is then reset; you feel full and quit eating.
While theobromine isn’t involved in hunger, it steps in to affect other equations. In this way, it resets, alters, how your biology works.
For those of you who love the scientific nitty gritty, an article published in the journal, Frontiers in Pharmacology explained how the known effects of theobromine occur…
This compound causes the “inhibition of phosphodiesterases and blockade of adenosine receptors [and] exhibits other important adenosine receptor-independent effects as the reduction of cellular oxidative stress or regulation of gene expression.”
In short, it suppresses a class of enzymes (phosphodiesterases) and stops particular types of communication from taking place. This changes the flow of certain pathways. In doing so, theobromine exerts a range of benefits on human health.
The top 4 benefits of theobromine
Being a physiologically active compound, theobromine, by definition, exerts effects on the body…
Let’s explore our top 4 benefits:
Supercharges physical performance
As mentioned earlier, theobromine blocks adenosine receptors. This enables an increase in muscular contractility. When combined with the increased blood glucose levels during exercise that it triggers, theobromine appears likely to supercharge physical performance… without causing the jitters.
Promotes a healthier cardiovascular system, including your precious heart
Cholesterol levels have long been known to affect heart health. While not quite this simple, LDL cholesterol is considered the “bad” type and HDL cholesterol the “good”. Raising HDL-cholesterol has been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular events like heart attack and stroke.
Research published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition investigated the impact of theobromine in a study using the gold standard double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled method. They found that theobromine significantly increased HDL-cholesterol concentration in the blood.
In addition, high blood pressure (hypertension) is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Research has also found that theobromine lowers blood pressure. Particularly central blood pressure, the measurement that acts as a better predictor for heart disease or stroke.
Aids a happier mood
The delightful taste of chocolate can certainly deliver a happier mood; at least, temporary. It seems we innately understand this link. Research shows that those with a depressed mood have a higher chocolate consumption. Maybe they’re trying to self-soothe.
But is the chocolate driving mood, or mood steering the drive for chocolate?
It seems the latter is true. Research has shown that daily consumption of 85% dark chocolate reduces negative affect; it helps to buoy how people feel. Theobromine seems likely to be the driving force for a happier mood.
Builds stronger teeth
How are your teeth holding up?
According to the National Institutes of Dental and Craniofacial Research, a whopping 92% of Americans adults between the ages of 20 to 64 have had dental caries in their permanent teeth. Twenty-six percent currently live with untreated decay.
Ways to prevent cavities, then, are key to oral health.
A pilot study published in 2012 investigated the effect theobromine had on the enamel surfaces of teeth. The authors found that the application of this compound provides remarkable protection to the enamel surfaces.
Seven years later a further study looked into the antimicrobial activity of theobromine on teeth. Could the contents of the cocoa bean hold a key to stronger teeth?
Microbes weaken and erode teeth. So, the researchers assessed the antimicrobial properties of theobromine. They discovered an important finding. Theobromine exhibited greater antimicrobial effects against three microbes, S. mutans, L. acidophilus, and E. Faecalis, than several fluoridated toothpastes.
But these two studies looked at the application of this compound. Can theobromine consumption make a difference?
This article also stated that, “A 1-ounce dark chocolate bar has a better effect on tooth hardness than a 1.1% prescription sodium fluoride treatment.”
Theobromine: the source matters
Theobromine has potential benefits for enhanced physical performance, a healthier cardiovascular system, a happier mood, and stronger teeth. But the obvious problem is this. Its common source, chocolate, also contains ample sugar. This makes a carb-free supplement a sensible idea.
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The theobromine takeaway
Theobromine is a natural, safe compound made available to us by what the ancients called “the chocolate tree”. With health protective properties for the body, mind, heart and teeth — along with benefits for higher quality performance — we think you’ll notice, and love, the difference it makes!
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