Theobromine

(aka xantheose)

History:

Theobromine is a bitter alkaloid of the cacao plant, discovered by Russian chemist Alexander Voskresensky in 1841. Theobromine was first isolate from the seeds of the cacao tree in 1878 and the shortly afterwards was synthesized from xanthine by Hermann Emil Fischer. It was finally put to use in 1914 for medical treatment. It has a very similar structure and similar effects to caffeine. Translated from Greek it means 'food of the gods.'

5 Facts:

1. Found In:

2. Used For:

  • Cough Medicine
  • Treat High Blood Pressure
  • Heart Stimulant
  • Urination Aid
  • Relaxing
3. Can cause poisoning if over-indulged (especially by the elderly)

4. Occasional Side Effects:

  • sleepiness
  • anxiety
  • tremors
  • restlessness
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea
  • vomiting
5. Lethal to animals (mainly dogs) because they metabolize it slower than humans

Why I Chose This Molecule:

I love chocolate and tea (iced)

Biblical Integration:

Psalm 147:3 "He heals the brokenhearted..." Psalm 73:6 "My flesh and my heart fail but God is the strength of my heart..."


Theobromine is can be used to help/improve people's hearts. Jesus Christ is the Ultimate Healer of the heart. Theobromine's effects may last for a season, but God's effects last forever and are of so much more importance. You don't have to take pills or ingest anything. All you have to do is ask for God's help.
Michelle Annalise Clark