Health Benefit – the humble Vanilla

Health Benefit – the humble Vanilla

The vanilla plant has unique growth characteristics. It requires supporting tree or pole to grow in height. A matured vine bears deep trumpet-shaped flowers.

The flowers open only for one day and are naturally pollinated either by the Melipona bee or long beaked humming birds. However, in cultivation, they are hand-pollinated and now grown commercially in Madagascar, Indonesia, India, Puerto Rica and West Indies.

There exist three main cultivars of vanilla. Among them, Vanilla planifolia is the most sought-after bean worldwide. The other species include Vanilla pompona and Vanilla tahitiensis (grown in Polynesian islands), although the vanillin content of these species is inferior to Vanilla planifolia.

Unripe vanilla pods are harvested when they are 5-8 inches long and turn light yellow. They are then blanched briefly in boiling water, sweated and dried under sun over a period of weeks until they turn dark-brown and wrinkled. White crystalline efflorescence which is vanillin, the main essence of vanilla, appears inside in some of the superior quality pods.

Health benefits of vanilla                                                                   

Vanilla beans are one of the expensive non-pungent spices especially used as flavoring agent in a wide array of sweet-drinks and confectionaries.

Vanilla extract composed of simple and complex sugars, essential oils, vitamins and minerals.

The chief chemical component in the beans is vanillin. They also include numerous traces of other constituents such as eugenol, caproic acid, phenoles, phenol ether, alcohols, carbonyl compounds, acids, ester, lactones, aliphatic and aromatic carbohydrates and vitispiranes.

Ancient Mayans believed that vanilla drink was supposed to have aphrodisiac qualities. No modern research study, however, establishes its role in the treatment of sexual dysfunctions.

Its extract contains small amounts of B-complex groups of vitamins such as niacin, pantothenic acid, thiamin, riboflavin and vitamin B-6. These vitamins help in enzyme synthesis, nervous system function and regulating body metabolism.

This spice also contains small traces of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, manganese, iron and zinc. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps control heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese and copper are used by the body as co-factors for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Iron is essential for red blood cell production and as a co-factor for cytochrome-oxidases enzymes. ”

Vanilla is also found in Neways FitChoice programme.

Protein shake — Vanilla

Developed exclusively for FitChoice, these protein shakes are so delicious, you’ll look forward to enjoying them at any time.

You can be assured that you are getting essential nutrients to help you function at your best.

The optimised combination of pea protein isolate and soy protein concentrate together with carbohydrates, fat and fibres provides a balanced supplement for daily use.

Benefits :-

  • Life can be busy sometimes and you cannot always find time for a proper meal if you are on the move or simply running out of time.
  •  Sometimes you might also be feeling peckish and find yourself reaching for a snack which may not be as healthy as you would like.
  • A FitChoice  vanilla protein shake offers a convenient option to supplement your daily diet.

One of the things that makes FitChoice a different kind of system are all the tools available to help you create your best self.

To find out more information, go to, click on the FitChoice logo and select language.

Take the Find Your Path Self-Assessment to get started with FitChoice today !
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