Theobromine, “Food of the Gods”

Theobromine is considered the “food of the gods”.  Its roots are in Greek, theo (“god”) + broma (“food”).  It was first discovered in cacao beans in 1841 by a Russian chemist.  We now know that theobromine can be found in the kola nut, the guarana berry, yerba mate, and Yaupon tea.

A naturally occurring stimulant, theobromine does not impact the central nervous system as caffeine does.  In addition to being non-addictive, the result is a less jittery effect with no caffeine “crash”.  The feeling, as chocoholics know, is one of being gently refreshed or energized.

In fact, this non-addictive simulative effect is believed to be why both Yaupon and Cacao were considered sacred plants in their native growing areas and highly valued by indigenous people far and wide.

“People are turning to theobromine as a caffeine-alternative to help them boost their moods get better sleep, to breathe better (theobromine helps relax your muscles, including the lungs), lower blood pressure and improve cardiac health.”[1]

Increased blood flow is another benefit of theobromine.  This is one of the elements that makes Yaupon Teahouse + Apothecary topical wellness products so effective.  Increased blood flow means that your skin is receiving more oxygen and nutrients which keeps it looking fresh and healthy.  The blood also carries away waste products, like free radicals, in essence purifying the cells.  Increased blood flow means your skin is nourished and cells cleansed more often.

One of the best examples of this is the Yaupon Soothing Eye Serum.  The main ingredient is Yaupon Oil which provides not just theobromine but antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.  The increased blood flow from theobromine aids in reducing and preventing dark circles and puffiness.  For an extra treat, you can store it in the refrigerator; the metal roller-ball will feel cool on application which also helps reduce puffiness.

To learn more about the benefits of Yaupon and meet our founders watch us on PBS Start Up.

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