Theobromine

What is theobromine?

Theobromine is an alkaloid that is found in cocoa tree seeds and therefore certain types of chocolate. Theobromine was first isolated from cocoa tree seeds in 1841. Compared to caffeine, theobromine is a less effective stimulant, but more effective for diuretic purposes[2].

Theobromine uses

Theobromine affects the respiratory system especially by expanding the bronchus. This effect is similar to teophylline[1], that also relax the muscular tissue of the lungs. Both of the alkaloids may be used in relieving respiratory problems like asthma and the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Theobromine is also linked to boosting effects of other medicine.

 

Sources

  1. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/4056254
  2. http://chemistry.about.com/od/factsstructures/a/theobromine-chemistry.htm