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Like theobromine above, a purine or xanthine derivative similar to caffeine and present in tea and cocoa (and so chocolate). It has similar, though less strong, stimulating effects to the cortex (the outer levels of the brain) - allaying drowsiness and fatigue. See' Caffeine'; 'Theobromine'

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