Welcome back to our series of articles as we deep dive into the individual ingredients that make up the TurmeriX® blend. Each ingredient was chosen to be part of the blend for its unique individual properties and for its complementary synergy when mixed with other powerful natural ingredients. One ingredient on its own cannot do it all, but when taken together that is where the effectiveness happens!
This week our in-depth look is at Vanilla!
So… What is Vanilla?
Vanilla is a plant well known to add some nice flavour in food and drinks. It is one of the most expensive spices to consume as it is intense labour to produce it.
Vanilla is a member of the orchid family, originally from Mesoamerica, including Mexico and Guatemala. Today, 75 percent of the world’s vanilla comes from Madagascar and Réunion.
The pods (commonly called beans) are picked when they are still not ripe, and then plunged into hot water and laid out to dry for anywhere from two to six months.
Did you know that 99 percent-of vanilla-flavoured products on the market, don’t actually contain vanilla? Indeed, one of vanilla’s most important component is vanillin and is relatively straightforward to synthesize.
Vanilla as an Antioxidant
Antioxidants are molecules that fight free radicals (unstable atoms that may damage cells, causing illness and aging) in your body.
Vanillin is one of the dominant components of vanilla and the most researched. Some studies support vanillin’s ability to scavenge and bind to free radicals and drastically reduce their numbers.
Vanilla as an Antidepressant
Vanilla has been commonly used as a home remedy from the 17th century for treating anxiety, depression etc… Nowadays studies tend to show that vanilla might have natural antidepressant properties. Vanillin's antidepressant activity could be due to its antioxidant property, but it has also shown antihypertensive and sedative properties, which lead to an antidepressant effect by influencing the activity of the central nervous system (CNS).
Vanilla as an Antimicrobial Compound
Antibacterial actions have been demonstrated for vanillin combined with cinnamon, suggesting a role in food preservation. Together, it seems that the concentration of harmful bacteria and their ability to reproduce effectively decrease.
Additionally, the flavonoids and alkaloids contained in the vanilla bean might possess an inhibitory action against bacteria. Studies have suggested that both leaf and stem extracts of vanilla may have a potent antimicrobial effect over yeast and other microorganisms.
Vanilla as an Anti-mutagenic Compound
Mutagenic agents are all around us (cigarette’s smoke, pesticides, plastic residues…) and can cause some DNA damages.
Vanillin has been shown to reduce the rate of mutations in cells and might be involved in DNA replication and repair. It is therefore classified as a biological antimutagen.
Vanilla is well-known for its nice fragrance or taste, but vanilla might also improve the overall health and vitality and that is why it is another important ingredient in our TurmeriX® blend.
Check back our next article and discover more information about Sodium Bicarbonate!