Theobromine is probably the utmost famous molecule in chocolate.. It is directly linked to the Latin name of the cacao tree: Theobroma Cacao. Theo means 'God' and Broma means 'food'. Literally 'food of the gods'. Famous for a reason, so it seems!
This alkaloid is what cacao gives it's bitter taste. It is found in chocolate and to a lesser extent in some teas and the kola nut.
We have sent our cacao to a lab to get it tested on a number of things. One of them is the Theobromine content. And good news: with one ceremonial dose of Wild Child Cacao you get 48,4mg of Theobromine in your system! No idea what that means right… well.. it is more than 10x the amount of a very strong commercial hot chocolate!
So, cacao has been consumed for thousands of years due to different reasons.. be it ceremonial, social, emotional or medical. Let's focus a bit on the health benefits of Theobromine and what research suggests about it:
Theobromine is a family member of caffeine but with a different effect. It increases your energy in a mild and long-lasting way instead of the high peak that caffeine gives. (More about the difference between theobromine and caffeine soon in our blog, stay tuned!)
More effective than codeine against the cough!
Theobromine is useful in the treatment of asthma and other respiratory tract problems. Even proven more effective than codeine against the cough!
This famous molecule increases HDL and decreases LDL cholesterol plasma levels and it lowers your blood pressure. Overall it helps to strengthen and smoothen your blood flow.
It strengthens your teeth by protecting them from tooth enamel. In a chocolate bar this effect is nihilated by the sugar content of course, but great news for the Wild Child Cacao pure drinkers!
Overall bodily health
Theobromine has anti-inflammatory potential. Next to that, it is able to reduce cell toxicity! More research is going on about this because the effects could even work very positively in cancer-treatment.
With so many health benefits, it is still wise to not overdose on theobromine in powdered and extracted form. However, when consumed in cacao you are safe to enjoy the benefits cause you would need to drink at least 25 ceremonial cups a day to reach to this level. Cheers to that!