Raw Cacao bean has excellent nutrition and valuable health benefits. The Mayans and Aztecs used to trade it with gold.
Its marvelous nutritional value is excellent stuff for whole the body, and its effects on the skin and hair are incredible. I soaked the beans for 24 hours and blended them into a smooth paste and with it added bentonite clay. When friends applied as mud packs during detox in Mexico, their skin was literally glowing for days.
- Magnesium, and other essential minerals, including calcium, sulfur, zinc, iron, copper, potassium, and manganese.
- Polyphenols called flavonoids, with 632 antioxidant properties.
- Vitamins: B1, B2, B3, B5, B9, E.
- Essential heart-healthy fat: oleic acid a monounsaturated fat.
- Theobromine enhancers the secretion of serotonin
What is Theobromine?
Theobromine is an alkaloid belonging to the methylxanthines. The structure of theobromine is similar to that of caffeine. Theobromine is mainly found in cocoa beans (about 25 g/kg), and consequently in chocolate. Theobromine levels are highest in dark chocolates (about 10 g/kg). Milk chocolates contain about 2 to 5 g theobromine per kg. (1-5 g/kg). Theobromine is also present in tea and cola nuts.
Benefits of Theobromine
Theobromine has a similar effect to caffeine, but about ten times weaker. Theobromine has diuretic, stimulant, and relaxing effects. Theobromine can lower blood pressure because it can dilate blood vessels.
Theobromine has stimulant properties, similar to caffeine. Unlike caffeine, theobromine does not affect the central nervous system.
Theobromine can also relax bronchi muscles in the lungs. Theobromine can be used as cough medicine. Studies indicate that theobromine acts on the vagus nerve, which runs from the lungs to the brain.
Facts about Theobromine
Although theobromine does not cause harmful effects on humans, it is highly toxic to some domestic animals, including dogs and horses. With animals, theobromine can lead to cardiac arrhythmias and seizures. Theobromine has a bitter flavor, which gives dark chocolate its characteristic bitter taste that comes with an added advantage. The bitter taste is disliked, but some bitter-tasting leaves of plants and fruits may be poisonous. Most bitter vegetables selected for our diets have been sampled and tested to ensure that it’s excellent for the health, as it strengthens the heart this is from the teachings of Ayurveda and more recently from Macrobiotic dietary philosophy and knowledge.