Ancient Remedying Secrets Of Vanilla Bean
Ancient Remedying Secrets Of Vanilla Bean
Written by: Drew Canole
The Aztecs were a culture that lived in Mesoamerica several hundred years ago. Ancient herbalists in their communities were intimately familiar with plants that had powerful remedying qualities, many of which we have lost sight of in our modern day and age.
Of particular interest is a BEAN producing plant that most people believe is only good for its FLAVOR enhancing properties.
The vanilla bean!
You might think vanilla is boring, but it actually is one of the top ingredients in most dessert recipes and packs a host of benefits. It turns out that vanilla is much more than a humble flavoring, it can help with everything from mental performance to mood enhancement to reducing inflammation.
Some cultures even consider vanilla to be a “sacred” medicinal herb.
DID YOU KNOW: Vanilla beans come from the only fruit-bearing orchid that exists! This particular orchid only blooms for a 24 hour period in which it must be pollinated or it dies.
The Health Benefits Of Vanilla Bean
Vanilla is a classic flavor with a surprising amount of health benefits. Because of this we made it a star in our brand new Complete Protein powder! Be sure to check out the details at the bottom of this post.
This is perhaps one of the most important benefits of vanilla, as too much inflammation in the body is the root cause of disease. Vanilla contains potent little chemicals called vanilloids that act as antiinflammatories.
Increased Mental Performance
Inflammation causes the release of cytokines that have been found to decrease cognitive performance. Because vanilla is a natural anti-inflammatory, it has been found to help boost mental performance and overall well being.
Have you ever felt stressed and taken a whiff of vanilla? It naturally helps you feel better. Studies have found that the smell of vanilla boosts mood and an overall feeling of well being.
Vanilla plays a role in helping you mediate thermal sensitivity in warm to hot temperatures. Combine vanilla with ice cream and you have the perfect summer-soothing treat. Be sure to try these dairy-free recipes!
Vanilla bean is a natural aphrodisiac that not only boosts libido, but also boosts important hormones that are responsible for feelings of love and happiness.
Minerals In Vanilla
Responsible for hundreds of biochemical functions in the body, magnesium is one of the most commonly found deficiencies in Americans today. Magnesium is found in a ton of plant-based foods, including vanilla. This mineral is vital for digestive function, nervous system function, brain function and optimized protection of “feel-good” hormones like dopamine and serotonin.
1 tablespoon of vanilla bean powder has over 100 milligrams of potassium. Potassium is important for things like healthy blood pressure, water regulation, electrolyte balance, stress relief and good heart contractions.
A lot of people mistakenly believe that you can only get calcium from milk. This is not the case. Plant-based foods are packed with calcium. This mineral is important for reducing stress and cortisol levels in the body, maintaining healthy weight and bone health. There is also evidence suggesting that it may play a role in preventing things like anxiety, depression and other mood-related disorders.
Manganese is important for good metabolism, healthy moods, nervous system function, digestive function and more. One serving of vanilla bean powder contains about 30% of your daily need of manganese.
How To Use Vanilla Beans To Get The Most Benefits: Powder
You will still experience benefits with vanilla extract, but because it is diluted and processed, it is not as dense in nutritional potency.
The best way to use vanilla beans is to find whole beans and scrape them for their powder. You can also buy vanilla powder from health food stores or online.
Delicious Recipes With Vanilla
Superfood Energy Shake
- 1 scoop Complete Protein
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 4-5 ice cubes
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- Dash of cinnamon
- Mix all ingredients in a high-speed blender. Add more liquid as needed for consistency.
Cinnamon Roll Protein Oatmeal
Vanilla Almond Butter Protein Granola
Vanilla Protein Cupcakes with Protein Glaze
You can add a dash of vanilla to almost anything! Try it in coffee, smoothies, baked goods, waffles, energy bites… be creative! And if you come up with an astounding recipe, send it our way for a chance to be featured on our blog!
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Drew Canole is a rockstar in the world of fitness, nutrition and mindset, with a huge heart for others and doing his part to transform the world, one person at a time.
As the founder and CEO of Fitlife.TV, he is committed to sharing educational, inspirational and entertaining videos and articles about health, fitness, healing and longevity. He is also a best selling author and the founder of Organifi, an organic, incredibly delicious greens powder, chock-full of superfoods to make juicing easy no matter your busy schedule.
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