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Although everyone loves the little kick that caffeine can give in a chocolate snack, they are less aware of the healthy effects theobromine has on the body. Also found in cacao, theobromine has numerous advantages when you are maintaining a healthy lifestyle by keeping your heart strong and mind awake.
Read on to discover more about the benefits of the naturally occurring stimulant, theobromine.
What is Theobromine?
Theobromine is a naturally occurring compound found in cacao plants and tea leaves.
Named after the scientific name of cacao trees, Theobroma Cacao, scientists found it had similar stimulation and heart effects to caffeine.
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Mechanism of Action
Theobromine primarily functions to improve your circulatory, respiratory, and excretory systems [R].
It blocks phosphodiesterase enzymes and increases the activity of a messenger called cAMP. This messenger activates an enzyme called PKA, which reduces inflammation and causes widening of blood vessels and increases stimulation [R].
Theobromine also blocks adenosine receptors. These usually trigger hormones such as norepinephrine, that can increase blood pressure, but theobromine acts to block this. It increases the speed the brain responds to signals, such as increasing heart rate.
Health Benefits of Theobromine
1) Theobromine Lowers Blood Pressure
Theobromine causes blood pressure to decrease quickly due to the widening of blood vessels [R].
In a study (DB-RCT) of 84 healthy patients, theobromine significantly lowered blood pressure at doses between 250 and 1,000 mg [R].
Another study (DB-RCT) of 24 participants showed that theobromine can help high blood pressure. Within 1 hour of consumption, 700 mg of theobromine successfully lowered participant’s blood pressure [R].
2) Theobromine is a Stimulant
Theobromine keeps the brain and heart active and stimulated [R].
In two studies (DB-RCTs) of 42 and 80 healthy participants respectively, doses between 300 and 1,000 mg of theobromine increased heart rate in a dose-dependent manner. In 5 hours, the heart rate increased by about 6-7 beats per minute. This helped the subjects become more stimulated and active [R, R].
After theobromine consumption, 24 participants (DB-RCT) had increased interest in study activities due to brain stimulation. [R].
3) Theobromine Helps Brain Function
In a study (RCT), 24 participants were asked to do tasks before and after theobromine intake. After theobromine intake, the subjects showed more interest in the tasks and were calmer. When combined with the effects of caffeine (in cocoa), these positive effects on the brain further improved [R].
In a 30-patient study (DB-RCT), cocoa-based drinks with varying amounts of theobromine and other chocolate components called flavanols were consumed. As these flavanols took effect, participants had improved performance on mental tasks and reduced mental fatigue [R].
4) Theobromine Helps Remove Toxins
Through widening of blood vessels, theobromine helps the body increase blood flow. This reduces excess fluid that can collect in blood vessels, and it is removed from the body as urine, allowing blood to filter out and remove toxins [R].
When high blood pressure causes fluid accumulation in the body, theobromine works to decrease the fluid through increased urination [R].
5) Theobromine Increases Airflow in Lungs
Theobromine opens up pathways for air to enter the lungs, which can lessen coughing and asthmatic episodes [R].
By opening up the bronchioles, where oxygen exchange takes place, breathing becomes easier. In a study (DB-RCT) of 21 young adults with asthma, theobromine capsules increased bronchial diameter, which increases airflow to the lungs [R].
In guinea pigs, theobromine treated coughing, due to inflammation of the lungs. A dose of 32 mg/kg theobromine was supplied to guinea pigs with a cough. The amount of coughing was significantly reduced for 4 hours. Results are promising due to its natural ability to be a cough remedy [R].
6) Theobromine Prevents Tooth Decay
Theobromine can naturally promote healthy enamel in teeth [R].
7) Theobromine Is Anti-Inflammatory
Demonstrated by its effects on gout and asthma, theobromine is a natural anti-inflammatory [R].
In a study (DB-RCT) of 21 asthma patients, theobromine minimized airway inflammation in the lungs. This increases the patients’ ability to breathe [R].
8) Theobromine Improves Cholesterol Levels
In a study (DB-RCT) of 152 healthy participants, theobromine is the main ingredient in cocoa that causes a decrease in LDL cholesterol [R].
9) Theobromine May Help with Weight Loss
Theobromine suppresses appetite, which can lead to weight loss. Through a chemical analysis of weight loss products, its components compared with others showed it is a natural substance that reduces hunger [R].
Since it is a stimulant, it also provides energy for physical activity as well as shed water weight. Theobromine-rich cocoa powder induced significant weight loss in rats by breaking down fat in the body [R].
10) Theobromine May Reduce the Risk of Cancer
Theobromine has properties that reduce the development of tumors through the inhibition of an enzyme that can lead to cancer growth [R].
A study of human cells suggests that common brain cancers can be avoided due to theobromine’s inhibition of pathways (Ras-p44/42 ERK and Akt) that promotes tumor formation. Theobromine also reduces rapid cell regeneration, which is effective in preventing tumor growth [R].
11) Theobromine Can Help You Sleep
In a survey of 5,587 people, 30 mg theobromine supplements contributed to staying asleep for a long period. Compared to other foods with caffeine, cocoa can result in a more restful sleep due to the theobromine component [R, R].
12) Theobromine May Help Reduce Gout Symptoms
For individuals with gout, a form of arthritis, theobromine can prevent the inflammation of joints by increasing blood circulation. It also prevents uric acid buildup, which contributes to gout [R, R].
13) Theobromine May Prevent Kidney Stones
Theobromine extracted from cacao inhibits the buildup of uric acid, a type of kidney stone. Since theobromine is a diuretic, it can also reduce the risk of kidney stones by increasing urine flow [R].
Human consumption of theobromine is not toxic unless consumed in extreme amounts. There is no lethal dosage for humans, but a constant daily intake of up to 1,500 mg is associated with the following symptoms [R, R, R, R].
Drug and Supplement Interactions
Theobromine interacts with caffeine increasing heart rate, alertness, and widening of blood vessels more than either substance would if taken individually [R].
Theobromine works with another component of cocoa, epicatechin, which improves muscular health and promotes strength and faster muscle recovery. In rats, theobromine increased the absorption of epicatechin into the body, resulting in increased muscle strength and recovery [R, R].
Theobromine is mainly found in cacao beans [R].
- A 70% dark chocolate bar can have as much as 810 mg of theobromine, while a milk chocolate bar has 65 mg [R].
- A single block of unsweetened chocolate has 375 mg of theobromine [R].
Theobromine is also found in tea leaves, guarana berries, and cola nuts, all of which also contain caffeine [R].
Pure theobromine is a fine bitter powder, which is taken on its own or used in foods and drinks. Some also use the powder on top of their toothpaste when they brush their teeth for its fluoride-like effects [R, R].
Theobromine can also be found in capsules, ranging from 350 to 500 mg [R].
A standard dosage of theobromine ranges from 50 to ~1,000 mg, depending on the product. Dosages of 500 mg have the greatest benefits with little to no negative side effects [R].
For many people theobromine successfully lowers blood pressure. They also noticed less negative side effects when they take theobromine by itself instead of in a product that also has caffeine.
It is often preferred over caffeine due to the similar but significantly milder effects. The effects of theobromine also last longer. Those who take cocoa as a supplement experience the mental benefits of combining the two substances, such as better focus, concentration, and mood.
Users also notice improved physical health when combining theobromine with caffeine because of the long-lasting energy the substances provide during exercise.
Some users experience a fast-paced heart rate and get slight trembling feelings or nausea with pure theobromine powder.
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11 Powerful Supplements to Detoxify Your Pineal Gland, Boost Brain Power and Increase Vitality
by Scott Jeffrey
In the last guide, we explored what the pineal gland does and how it tends to get calcified through various chemicals in our modern environment.
Due to these synthetic substances, the pineal gland tends to function improperly.
A calcified pineal gland impairs our sleep, cognitive abilities, reaction time, judgment, perception, and performance.
Why? Because when the pineal isn’t functioning properly, our perception is limited.
With limited perception, our minds are closed, reducing opportunities for internal growth.
Part 1 of this series reviewed a lot of research on the causes of a calcified pineal gland, offering numerous steps to avoid further calcification.
Now, in part 2 of this 4-part series, we’re going to explore ways you can begin cracking open and dissolving the existing calcification surrounding this vital gland.
Table of Contents
- A Pineal Gland Detox (An Arteries Detox Too)
- How to Select Pineal Gland Supplements
- 11 Research-Supported Pineal Gland Supplements
- Pineal Gland Supplement #1: Iodine
- Pineal Gland Supplement #2: Turmeric
- Pineal Gland Supplement #3: Activator X
- Pineal Gland Supplement #4: Shilajit
- Pineal Gland Supplement #5: Fulvic Acid
- Pineal Gland Supplement #6: Chaga Mushrooms
- Pineal Gland Supplement #7: Raw Cacao
- Pineal Gland Supplement #8: Tamarind
- Pineal Gland Supplement #9: Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
- Pineal Gland Supplement #10: Boron
- Pineal Gland Supplement #11: Green Superfoods
- How to Start with Your Pineal Gland Detox
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A Pineal Gland Detox (An Arteries Detox Too)
In general, calcification in the body is a precursor to cancer, heart disease, and other common diseases as we age.
For example, to determine if someone has or is getting a brain tumor, technicians use MRI and PET scans to evaluate the level of calcification. The same goes for other parts of the body.
Taking decalcifying foods and supplements don’t just support proper pineal gland functioning, they promote:
- Healthy blood cells,
- Enhanced cognition, and
- Increased vitality.
So by doing a pineal gland detox with specific foods and supplements reviewed below, you’re not only supporting your pineal function, you’re nourishing your blood as well as other glands and organs (including your heart).
You don’t need to consume all of the following pineal gland detox supplements.
Select the ones that resonate with you and then experiment with them for several months.
How to Select Pineal Gland Supplements
Ultimately, we are each a random sample of one. Meaning our unique biological framework is different than any “industry average.”
What’s best for one person isn’t necessarily best for you. So the responsibility falls on each of us—not our physicians or “industry experts”—to determine what we need.
(That said, if you’re on any medications, it’s a good idea to check with your physician before taking certain supplements.)
Our own biological system can be our guide. But first, we need to tune in and listen to what our bodies are telling us.
Internal listening is often challenging because we’ve been conditioned to make decisions with our minds based on our prior “education” and conditioning.
In Toward a Psychology of Being, Maslow writes:
“Humans no longer have instincts in the animal sense, powerful, unmistakable inner voices which tell them unequivocally what to do, when, where, how and with whom.”
Maslow’s observations about humans’ disconnection from instincts are accurate.
But it need not be this way. We have the opportunity to reforge our minds with our bodies. It just requires us to slow down enough and pay attention inwardly.
I provide several guides to support this inward listening to the body, as it’s something I regularly practice as well.
Also, be sure to check out The Mastery Method: Activate Your Higher Potentialfor a fast and effective method that synthesizes the practices above.
11 Research-Supported Pineal Gland Supplements
First, I’m supposed to say something you already know: Nothing in this article should be misconstrued as medical advice.
What follows is a list of supplements with scientifically-proven benefits that support decalcification, toxin removal, and tissue renewal.
When applicable, I’ve included the pineal gland supplements I take.
As I research and experiment with others, I’ll add them to this guide.
(Disclaimer: many of the products recommended below have affiliate links.)
Pineal Gland Supplement #1: Iodine
Iodine is a mineral found in sea vegetables like seaweed or kelp. This vital mineral assists the thyroid gland in regulating hormones and is one of the most efficient removers (chelators) of heavy metals from the body.
Iodine chelates heavy metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium, and aluminum as well as fluoride.
According to Dr. Mark Siccus:
“Iodine intake immediately increases the excretion of bromide, fluoride, and some heavy metals including mercury and lead. Bromide and fluoride are not removed by any other chelator or detoxifying technique.”
When you begin researching the harmful effects of fluoride exposure, it’s difficult not to learn about iodine.
By most accounts, iodine is an essential supplement of any pineal gland detox.
While seaweed is a mainstay of an Asian diet, in the West, we’re mostly iodine deficient.
How to Take Iodine
The easiest way to increase your iodine intake is through iodine supplementation and the consumption of kelp and algae-related foods.
For most people, the best option is Nascent Iodine. However, J.Crow’s Lugol’s Iodine Solution has been around for over a century. Lugol’s iodine is useful if you need to take large doses transdermally (topically on your skin).
Note: Increasing your iodine intake can reduce your calcium levels, so be sure to eat calcium-rich foods like broccoli, kale, almonds and flax seeds when you’re taking iodine supplements.
Regarding dosage, see this article by Siccus.
Try to purchase seaweed/kelp from Icelandic sources. This region is the furthest from Fukushima and therefore is said to have the least radiation from the nuclear reactor explosion.
Pineal Gland Supplement #2: Turmeric
Turmeric is another excellent supplement for your pineal gland detox. This study in Pharmacogn Magazine shows that curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, can prevent and potentially reverse the damage from fluoride exposure.
The study concludes:
“Supplementation with curcumin significantly reduce the toxic effect of fluoride to near normal level by augmenting the antioxidant defense through its scavenging property and provides evidence of having therapeutic role against oxidative stress mediated neurodegeneration.”
I use SuperPure Organic Turmeric Extract by Pure Synergy (an excellent brand).
For cooking, you can use fresh turmeric (it looks like ginger) or try Indus Organics Turmeric (Curcumin) Powder.
To get the most benefit from turmeric, pair it with Bioperine, found in freshly-ground black pepper.
Many turmeric supplements on the market include both like USDA Organic Turmeric Curcumin Supplement by NativaOrganics.
Pineal Gland Supplement #3: Activator X
The name “Activator X” seems like something out of a sci-fi film, but after doing a little research, I was intrigued.
In 1945, the “Isaac Newton of Nutrition,” a former dentist named Weston Price, described a vitamin-like compound that plays a major role in:
- Brain function,
- Tooth decay prevention, and
- Protection against calcification of the arteries.
Price called this compound Activator X. He determined that it occurred in the butterfats, organs, and fat of animals that consume rapidly-growing green grass.
(If you’ve heard the buzz about grass-fed butter in the biohacking community or from David Asprey’s Bulletproof coffee, the original research is based on Price’s Activator X.)
Activator X combines vitamin K1 and K2. Vitamin K1 occurs in rapidly-growing green, leafy plants.
Intestinal microflora in animal tissues produces vitamin K2. You can find it in organ meats, fermented dairy products like cheese or butter (grass-fed butter), sauerkraut, and marine oils.
Medical scientists now know that vitamin K2 deficiency causes calcification of the cardiovascular system.
Vitamin K2, in its Activator X form, helps remove calcium from the arteries, and we can assume it does so in the pineal gland too.
Activator X doesn’t actually eliminate calcium. Instead, it directs the calcium to our bones and teeth where they are needed. (That’s how it helps reverse tooth decay.)
Price found that vitamin K2’s magic came alive when paired with vitamins A and D, two other fat-soluble activators.
These vitamins signal to the cells to produce certain proteins and then vitamin K2 activates these proteins.
How to Take Activator X
So to use Activator X for your pineal gland detox, you want to combine vitamin K2 with additional vitamins A and D.
One way of doing this is to take Green Pastures X-Factor Gold High-vitamin Butter Oil.
This concentrated butter oil gives you the vitamin K2 you need. You’ll get additional vitamins A and D from the supergreens recommendation below.
(Tim Ferriss also recommends this supplement as well as Kerrygold Irish Grass-Fed Butter in The 4-Hour Body as a way to increase testosterone in men.)
Another great way to get K2 is to consume Ghee, the result of a slow clarification process of butter that removes all moisture, lactose, and caseins from butter.
Ghee is butter made from grass-fed cows. The product doesn’t need to be refrigerated and has a long shelf live.
For more on the benefits of K2, see Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox: How a Little-Known Vitamin Could Save Your Life.
Pineal Gland Supplement #4: Shilajit
Shilajit is plant material produced over millions of years from plants preserved in dark crevices of the Himalayan Mountains.
Shilajit forms a thick resin that’s packed with 85 different trace minerals including fulvic acid (see below).
Numerous studies demonstrate shilajit’s anti-aging effects and how it protects against cellular damage. Shilajit also reduces chronic fatigue syndrome in rats.
My two favorites:
Both versions come in a form of thick, sticky goo. You dissolve it in a small amount of warm water before drinking it.
I experienced the potency of both these products in the beginning before my body adjusted to daily use. While Purblack is pricier per unit ($89) compared to Authentic Shilajit ($60), you get 30 grams in Pürblack versus 10 grams in Authentic. So Purblack Shilajit is a better deal.
Pineal Gland Supplement #5: Fulvic Acid
Fulvic acid helps eliminate toxins and heavy metals, supporting the decalcification process.
It also appears to deliver antioxidants and minerals directly to needed cells.
I’ve tried numerous fulvic acid products on the market before settling on Optimally Organic’s Fulvic Ionic Minerals X350.
Plant-based and water-extracted, Fulvic Ionic Minerals X350 is like an American version of Shilajit. It contains fulvic acid, humic acid, essential amino acids, and 77 trace minerals. Due to its high concentration, you only need about 6 drops in some water.
Shilajit and fulvic acid are powerful pineal gland supplements for detox and daily maintenance. You don’t need to take both at the same time; choose one or the other.
Pineal Gland Supplement #6: Chaga Mushrooms
The Chinese call it the “King of Plants.” In Siberia, it’s the “Gift from God.” And for the Japanese, it’s the “Diamond of the Forest.” Not bad for wood-rotting fungus!
Hundreds of scientific studies have demonstrated potent effects of the Chaga mushroom on the immune, hormonal, and central nervous systems. Studies in Finland and Russia found that Chaga is an efficient anti-tumor agent as well as antiviral.
Chaga provides us with phytochemicals, nutrients, and melanin. Melanin provides the pigment for our skins, hair, and eyes.
The pineal gland uses melanin to help shield us from UV light.
The most effective (and traditional way) of ingesting Chaga is in tea. It comes packaged in chunks (looks and feels like tree bark).
You can steep it in chunks, but I was instructed to grind it into a powder first. (I use a coffee grinder.)
Here’s a link to Sayan Siberian Raw Chaga Mushroom Chunks.
If you’re looking for something more convenient, Sayan also makes a Siberian raw Chaga tea with unbleached tea bags.
Preparation: Steep in hot water in a covered mug for 45 minutes.
Pineal Gland Supplement #7: Raw Cacao
Multiple scientific studies show that raw cacao, rich in flavonoids, helps decrease blood pressure and improve blood vessel health.
By triggering high levels of nitric oxide, raw cacao increases the size of blood vessels. Larger blood vessels mean more blood flow and oxygen make its way to the pineal gland, supporting healthier functioning and detox.
Raw cacao is also loaded with antioxidants as well as anandamide.
Called the “bliss molecule,” anandamide is a neurotransmitter produced in the brain. (Anandamide is why people feel high when they eat good chocolate.)
But not all chocolate is created equal. Cocoa powder is raw cacao roasted at high temperatures. This roasting process changes the chemical structure of the bean, eliminating much of the enzymes and nutrients.
Cold-pressing unroasted cocoa beans make raw cacao powder. So to get the desired effects on your pineal gland detox, you want raw cacao, ideally organic.
Pineal Gland Supplement #8: Tamarind
The researchers believe tamarind may even be able to reverse the effects of skeletal fluorosis caused by ingesting fluoride.
This study shows that a compound from the tamarind fruit shell can be used to de-fluoridate groundwater.
Organic tamarind products are often hard to come by, but here’s Aunt Patty’s Organic Tamarind Paste.
Pineal Gland Supplement #9: Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
Raw apple cider vinegar is a natural metal detoxifier.
The malic acid in raw apple cider vinegar detoxifies heavy metals while its natural vitamins, minerals, and enzymes replenish your body with necessary nutrients.
Malic acid binds with toxins and helps the body eliminate them more efficiently.
Apple cider vinegar also helps cleanse the lymph nodes to allow better lymph circulation necessary for removing toxins and improving your immune response—excellent for your pineal gland detox.
Make sure you get “raw” apple cider vinegar and that it comes in a glass, not plastic bottle.
The most well-known and trusted brand is Bragg’s Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar.
I always keep a few bottles of Bragg’s in the house. It’s an excellent product, useful for tons of healing remedies (and salad dressing).
Pineal Gland Supplement #10: Boron
In a 1942 study, Marcovitch and Stanley discovered that boric acid is an antidote to fluorine.
Boric acid is the most common form of boron, a trace mineral.
Foods high in boron include:
Pineal Gland Supplement #11: Green Superfoods
Finally, eating raw, green foods that are rich in chlorophyll will also help chelate heavy metals from your blood while nourishing it.
Chlorophyll-dense foods like chlorella, spirulina, and wheat grass also increase oxygen levels, repair damaged tissue, and boost the immune system.
Theoretically, anything that boosts oxygen and immune function should support your body in reversing pineal gland calcification.
And, any foods charged with sunlight should also support healthy pineal gland functioning.
Here are the green superfoods I take:
The tablets listed above are 100% raw, organic, and cold-pressed (which is what you want to look for when selecting super greens).
How to Start with Your Pineal Gland Detox
I know. It can feel overwhelming. Where do you begin?
The best place to start is your overall diet. In the previous guide, I emphasized the importance of eating non-GMO, organic fruits, vegetables, and other whole foods (unprocessed).
There are two important reasons why:
- First, processed foods and produce with pesticides are filled with fluoride and other calcifying agents.
- Second, while there’s a lot of hype around specific “superfoods,” ultimately, every vegetable is a superfood. And concerning the pineal gland, vegetables like kale, broccoli, avocado, and beets are rich in nutrients, antioxidants, and minerals (like boron).
Next, I recommend selecting two or three of the above supplements to start your pineal gland detox.
And because most of us are iodine deficient, I recommend an iodine supplement as well as consuming Icelandic seaweed (kelp).
I’ll try to keep this guide current with discoveries and updated products. If you have any questions, send me a message.
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You’re reducing the causes of calcification (Part 1) and decalcifying and detoxifying your pineal gland (Part 2).
Now, it’s time to turn our attention to the external environment.