Surprising Health Benefits of Vanilla
Researched by Sydney Gay
Worldwide research shows vanilla can reduce cholesterol levels, important for those at high risk of heart attacks and strokes. Lower cholesterol prevents inflammation of the arteries and blood clots.
Vanilla is rich in antioxidants, preventing the breakdown of cells, stimulating the body’s natural regrowth. Due to its antibacterial nature, vanilla also serves to boost the immune system, making it much easier to recover from injury or illness.
It’s great for your hair. If you suffer with split-ends or hair loss, vanilla used as an essential oil can strengthen the hair and induce blood flow to the scalp, promoting hair growth.
Vanilla helps with anxiety. The aroma of vanilla is known to have a direct impact on the nerves to relieve stress, particularly when used as part of an aromatherapy treatment. However, poured as syrup on ice cream has the same effect. (Note: vanilla-flavored ice cream does not contain real vanilla.)
Vanilla reduces acne. The antibacterial properties fight skin outbreaks and, if used regularly, reduce scars and brighten the complexion.
It promotes healthy digestion. Drinking vanilla tea is a centuries-old natural remedy that instantly soothes gut inflammation, and helps with other digestion problems like cramping, stomachache, and diarrhea.
Best of all, vanilla eases respiratory condition. Try it and see! When you’re battling a cough, cold, or respiratory infection, vanilla extract mixed with a little warm water coats the throat and provides an anesthetic effect, reducing inflammation and irritation. Vanilla also assists your body and metabolism to run more efficiently with a significantly positive effect on overall health.
Vanilla (the pure liquid form) is easily and affordably available in Mexico, where 1,250 species of orchids grow. The Moreno brand of vanilla, for example, began production in 1944 and can be purchased in most every local store. If you wish to Google resources, you will find more than 8 million references on the health benefits of vanilla. Call me at the office if you need more information 766-3202 . . . Sydney: Ajijic Research Assistant Since 2005