Health Benefits of Chocamine & What it is | Prolab Nutrition
Posted by Prolab Nutrition on 19th Sep 2022
What Is Chocamine?
Chocamine is a unique, patented extract of Theobroma cacao (better known as just cacao) and even more well known as a favorite guilty pleasure: chocolate! Cacao has a long list of beneficial health effects. Unfortunately, these cacao benefits cannot be obtained from most chocolate. In fact, the sugar and fat content in the majority of chocolate may actually have negative health effects. Consuming raw cacao, on the other hand, is a great way to obtain cacao benefits. However, there are inconsistencies between raw cacao, and for some people, raw cacao is a bit of an acquired taste. This is where Chocamine can become a great option for obtaining cacao benefits. Chocamine has a higher concentration of certain compounds found in cacao that are responsible for its health benefits. This means that you can enjoy the delicious taste of chocolate without having to worry about the sugar and fat normally found in chocolate. In addition, Chocamine is less bitter than raw cacao, making it more palatable for those who are not used to the taste of raw cacao. Whether you are looking for a delicious way to obtain cacao benefits or you simply want to enjoy the taste of chocolate without the guilt, Chocamine is a great option!
Theobromine is related to caffeine and actually works on some of the same receptor systems as caffeine, yet it is longer lasting, smoother, and significantly less jittery than caffeine. Combined with all of the beneficial cocoa compounds contained within Chocamine; the extra theobromine ensures a smooth, energizing and mood-lifting effect profile! Chocamine would also make a great caffeine alternative for those trying to minimize caffeine consumption or for those that are too sensitive to the effects of caffeine. Prolab Nutrition carries an amazing advanced caffeine tablet with 60mg of Chocamine!
Did you know that cocoa can actually help to enhance the signaling of one of the primary endocannabinoids in our body? It's true! Chocamine, a compound found in cocoa, contains two primary compounds - N-linoleoylethanolamide and N-oleoylethanolamide - which both help to slow down the breakdown of anandamide. Anandamide is an endocannabinoid that has been shown to work on various different systems throughout the body, and by slowing down its breakdown, Chocamine can actually help to increase its signaling in the brain. Cocoa itself also contains minor concentrations of anandamide, but because anandamide has a hard time crossing the blood brain barrier, the small amount of anandamide in cocoa is practically useless. However, through the presence of N-linoleoylethanolamide and N-oleoylethanolamide in Chocamine, cocoa can still enhance anandamide signaling in the brain by slowing its breakdown. So next time you're craving some chocolate, remember that it may be doing more for your body than simply satisfying your sweet tooth!
When we go back in history, to the first uses of cocoa, it was often combined with chili peppers and vanilla beans. Part of the reason for this was to produce certain flavor profiles, however, it is now also believed that they can boost the mood-enhancing effects of cocoa. Current research has shown that the main active compound in chili peppers, capsaicin, and the main active compound in vanilla beans, vanillin, can act on the TRPV1 receptors. When TRPV1 receptors get activated by compounds such as capsaicin and vanillin, endogenous production and release of anandamide is increased. Combine this with the effects cocoa has on anandamide breakdown, and voila, anandamide signaling is greatly enhanced! This gives further evidence that the mood-enhancing effects of cocoa may be primarily due to its effects on anandamide signaling. Who knew that something as simple as adding chili peppers and vanilla beans to cocoa could have such a profound effect?