Here are 4 benefits that might convince you to switch up your morning drink!
Naturally-derived nootropics are some of my favorite things, and theobromine happens to fall into this category. They are gaining popularity in this fast-paced and competitive society we work in. They improve memory, cognitive performance, creativity, and more.
Taking theobromine makes us more alert. It accomplishes this by blocking adenosine receptors and inhibiting phosphodiesterases. These enzymes/chemicals can cause our brains to feel dizzy, sleepy, and unfocused… no, thank you!
Theobromine supports healthy circulation by acting as a vasodilator. This means that it helps dilate our blood vessels to encourage blood flow (better circulation means a healthy flow of oxygen and nutrients to different body parts). Increased blood flow in the body also means detoxification; toxins are expelled from the body much faster.
This is because, once in the body, theobromine releases a compound called nitric oxide. Nitric oxide works by reducing enzymes in the blood that are guilty of constricting our blood vessels.
In doing this, theobromine has been shown to help regulate blood pressure, have a positive effect on those with heart disease, and those with hypertension.
Theobromine's many benefits also extend a helping hand to our lungs. Taking this compound can encourage airflow to our lungs, which can benefit those who struggle with asthma.
Theobromine is also an antioxidant. As you probably already know, antioxidants work through fighting the free radicals in our body, which can cause harm to our bodily systems/organs through inflammation.
Its antioxidant effects are even more potent when combined with polyphenols in cocoa. Next time you're craving dark chocolate, happily enjoy some knowing you're getting in that daily dose of antioxidants and reaping those anti-inflammatory benefits!
Next time you feel those euphoric feels from your next bite of high-quality chocolate, you can thank theobromine.
It's safe to say that most people experience relaxation and mild antidepressive effects from it (this could also just be from just eating chocolate!). Either way, it's a win-win for me!
Although theobromine is more edified for its nootropic qualities, it has been shown that it can improve sleep! This is because of how theobromine can help balance the chemicals within the brain.
As we already know, theobromine doesn't stimulate the nervous system; it works by gently stimulating and regulating cardiovascular activities, with no evidence of 'keeping us awake' (aka, caffeine).
If coffee is something that disrupts your quality of sleep, theobromine could serve as a great substitute!