Phenol in Cocoa Has a Fat Burning Effect

Among the most effective body recompositioning drugs are the beta-2-agonists. Clenbuterol is probably the most well known. What they have in common is that they stimulate the beta-2-adrenoreceptor in the body, thus promoting a decrease of fat mass. Use of these substances is forbidden in sports and supplements makers are not allowed to put them in their products. However, these rules do not apply to a class of amino acids found in cocoa. These amino acids are in the bean, and parts of the plant. The cocoa plant probably manufactures them to increase its resistance against disease and other forms of plant stress.

The amino acids in question are metabolites of tyrosine. The amino acids in cocoa also go by the name of clovamide. Clovamide and its analogues imitate the effects of clenbuterol in test-tube trials. This was discovered in research done at the Phytonutrients Laboratory, part of the American ministry of agriculture, and published in 2005 in FASEB Journal.

The researchers introduced clovamide and its analogues to immune cells with beta-2-receptors. To determine how well the substances were capable of stimulating the receptor the researchers measured the cAMP concentration. The more cAMP the cells produced, the better the beta-2-receptor stimulated clovamide and its analogues. Within this category of substances, clovamide and its analogue N-coumarolydopamine are the most powerful beta-2-agonists.

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