Theobromine: All about the stimulant in cocoa

 Theobromine: All about the stimulant in cocoa

Lena Fisher

Caffeine you may already know, but what about theobromine Basically, it is a natural stimulant present in some foods, such as the cocoa fruit and the products in which it is present, such as chocolate. It gives energy to the body and can be used in favor of physical as well as mental health.

What theobromine is for

In principle, it is similar to theophylline and caffeine, because all 3 are from the same family and act as stimulants in the body. Therefore, its main function in the body is to give energy. In other words, it helps to take away sleep, for example, and increases the brain's ability to concentrate and focus.

Not only that, it is a vasodilator. Thus, it widens the blood vessels, which can help in preventing the formation of blood clots. Not only that, it is a diuretic (stimulates the production of urine).

Health benefits

Protects heart health

The stimulant can benefit heart health by helping to prevent clotting-related diseases, such as thrombosis. In addition, it works to prevent clogged arteries and blood vessels. Not only that, it can help control cholesterol and regulate blood pressure.

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Gives focus and concentration

Just like caffeine, this stimulant promotes a better ability to concentrate on day-to-day activities. Not only does it help to maintain focus, but in excess it can also cause insomnia. Therefore, it is important to consume it in a regulated manner and without exaggeration.

Read also: Does eating chocolate before bedtime make you sleepy?

Improves mood

In addition, it can have a positive effect on mental health, as it helps regulate mood. In principle, it can especially help in case of stress, as it promotes a sense of calm almost instantly.

How much theobromine is in chocolate?

Dark chocolate is the best source of theobromine among the types of chocolate, because it is the version that is closest to cocoa, so it usually contains 5.5 milligrams of the stimulant, while milk chocolate usually contains only 2.4 milligrams.

In addition, dark chocolate is a better source of antioxidants, which is why it is considered the healthiest version of the treat.

Theobromine can also be consumed in supplement form, and can be found in other foods, such as cocoa nibs.

Read more: Dark and Milk Chocolate: Do you know the difference?

Lena Fisher

Lena Fisher is a wellness enthusiast, certified nutritionist, and author of the popular health and well-being blog. With over a decade of experience in the field of nutrition and health coaching, Lena has dedicated her career to helping people achieve their optimal health and live their best life possible. Her passion for wellness has led her to explore various approaches to achieving overall health, including diet, exercise, and mindfulness practices. Lena's blog is a culmination of her years of research, experience, and personal journey towards finding balance and well-being. Her mission is to inspire and empower others to make positive changes in their lives and embrace a healthy lifestyle. When she's not writing or coaching clients, you can find Lena practicing yoga, hiking the trails, or experimenting with new healthy recipes in the kitchen.