Solubility in water:
180.164 g/mol83-67-0White crystalline solid with a bitter taste.
630 K (357 ℃)0.33 g/l (a 25 °C)
The cocoa bean, also called cacao bean, is the dried and fully fermented seed of Theobroma cacao, from which cocoa solids and, because of the seed´s fat, cocoa butter can be extracted. The “beans” are the basis of chocolate, and of such Mesoamerican foods as mole and tejate.
The cacao tree is native to the Americas. It originated in Central America and parts of Mexico. More than 5,000 years ago, it was consumed by pre-Columbian cultures along the Yucatán, including the Mayans in spiritual ceremonies. It´s range may have been larger in the past; evidence of its wild eange may be oscured by cultivation of the tree in these areas since long before the Spanish arrived. The coca bean was a common currency throughout Mesoamerica before the Spanish conquest.
In medicine and a cardiac stimulant
Theobromine increases urine production. Because of its diuretic effect and vasodilatory ability, theobromine has been used to treat high blood pressure.
The historical use of theobromine as a treatment for other circulatory problems including arteriosclerosis, certain vascular diseases, angina pectoris and hypertension should be considered for future research.
Following its discovery at the end of the 19th century, this molecule began to be used in 1916, when it was recommended by the Principles of Medical Treatment as a treatment for edema (fluid retention in certain parts of the body) and other problems.
In the human body, theobromine levels are reduced by half between 6 and 10 hours after being consumed.
Theobromine has been used in experiments on birth defects involving mice and rabbits. A below-normal fetal weight was detected in rabbits once they were forcedly fed with theobromine, but not after a new administration of the drug. No birth defects were detected in rats. Possible uses of this compound have been patented in future treatments in fields such as cancer prevention.
Theobromine also appears to be effective against tooth decay, and has been shown to be more effective than traditional fluoride in some studies. Its advantages include the possibility of ingesting it easily, being able to ignore the «do not swallow» warnings of current mouthwashes.
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High-quality, healthy solutions demand sustainability
Sustainable ingredients are the only way that works for Euronutra. For that, our company works in a long-term basis with local agents and research centres are always seeking for the best raw materials improving the impact in the harvesting, manufacturing trying to improve the lives of all the actors involved in the circle of the product till the final consumers. Carob is harvested in Spain that grows on non-irrigated trees without the use of pesticides or fertilizers. Looking for the best varieties, lands and people has taken dozens of years, but it gives us a sustainable raw material, supplier and better planet for the next generations. Using water-soluble technologies and next-generation gentle technologies minimizes the impact that industrial activities currently has.