Vanilla – A Classic Flavor With Myriad Of Hidden Benefits

Humble vanilla has numerous health benefits
Humble vanilla has numerous health benefits

When you hear the word “Vanilla”, the first thing that comes to your mind would be the vanilla flavored cakes, milk shakes and ice creams. Who would not love the aroma and taste of this pod? Imagine, the aroma of freshly baked vanilla tea cakes that wafts and tantalizes your taste buds when you enter a confectionery.

It does wonders to your mind and soul, right? Are your aware of the fact that the vanilla plant is actually an orchid and it’s the only fruit-bearing orchid that exists? The matured vanilla beans are plucked and sun-dried and cured to bring out their flavor. It’s  either sold in a whole bean form, powdered, pre-scraped, or bean paste soaked in alcohol.

Nutritional Benefits

This aromatic spice has many nutritional benefits and has been used as a medicinal food for centuries. This plant contains chemicals known as vanilloids that’s known to improve the performance of the brain as well as reduce inflammation.

What Europeans thought

Europeans used this bean to reduce stomach aches, relieve stress as well reduce hunger pangs. It’s also believed to aid in digestion, reduce joint pain. Sniffing vanilla bean is supposed to reduce nausea and morning sickness in pregnant women. Recent research has revealed that it can be used to treat male impotency.

Essential Minerals

Some of the essential minerals found in vanilla that your body needs

  • Magnesium – This regulates the overall functioning of the nervous system and is responsible for many enzyme reactions aiding in digestion. It relaxes the brain and enhances good mood by preventing or reducing mild depression. Also regulates blood pressure and sugar levels.
  • Calcium – This spice is a rich source of this mineral. Though there are other common foods such as chia seeds, white beans and greens that are rich in calcium, a teaspoon pf vanilla bean powder in your cakes or similar bakes can you provide you with ample dose of calcium.
  • Potassium – One tablespoon of this essence has over 100 mg of potassium. This mineral maintains blood pressure levels and helps to relax blood vessels.
  • Manganese – A tablespoon of extract meets 30 percent of the daily dose of manganese needs. Manganese aids in metabolism, reduces mood swings and ensure optimal functioning of the nervous system.

Happiness hormones

Do you know that the vanilla is one of the aphrodisiac foods? It has the power to enhance the love and happiness hormones oxytocin and dopamine respectively. Also it will up your libido. This could be the reason that the chocolate and vanilla are the two ingredients that have been liberally used for centuries. This ingredient is currently used in many of the organic plant-based protein powders.

Are you going to use vanilla pods to boost your energy and enhance the performance of your brain.