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Does The Vanilla Planifolia Plant Have Any Health Benefits? By: Chelsea Smith ORIGIN AND DISCOVERY Vanilla is an orchid in the family Orchidaceae Originally from Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. Madagascar is the largest producer of vanilla worldwide, followed by Indonesia.

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origin and discovery
ORIGIN AND DISCOVERY
  • Vanilla is an orchid in the family Orchidaceae
  • Originally from Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.
  • Madagascar is the largest producer of vanilla worldwide, followed by Indonesia.
  • Vanilla was brought to America in the late 18th century by Thomas Jefferson
vanilla planifolia
VANILLA PLANIFOLIA
  • Vanilla is the only edible fruit of the orchid family
  • Vanillin, is the major constituent of vanilla beans and the major contributor to vanilla flavor.
  • There are many ways vanilla is utilized
3 most popular ways vanilla is utilized
3 MOST POPULAR WAYS VANILLA IS UTILIZED

#1: Flavoring and Cooking

#2: Aromatherapy

#3: Medicinal Uses

production of vanilla
PRODUCTION OF VANILLA
  • Vanilla is the most labor-intensive agricultural product in the world.
  • It takes 4 years for the vanilla plant to first bear fruit
  • The beans then go through a curing, drying, and resting process for several months.
  • Alcohol is the most efficient agent for extracting the flavor from the beans. The alcohol is a carrier for the vanilla flavor.
processing vanilla
PROCESSING VANILLA
  • The beans must stay on the vine for nine months before being harvested.
  • The pods, while green, are harvested by hand just before they burst open
  • The pods are dipped in boiling water, wrapped in cloths, and laid out to ferment in the sun.
  • Alcohol and water are circulated over and through the beans to draw out the chemicals that contain the vanilla flavor.
  • The chemicals extracted from vanilla beans are suspended in a solution of alcohol and water. The typical concentration of alcohol is 35%-40%
vanillan
VANILLAN
  • Because Vanillin is very time consuming and expensive to harvest from the vanilla pod, alternative methods of producing Vanillin were researched.
vanillin
VANILLIN
  • Vanillin is a catabolic product of ferulic

acid degradation

  • Ferulic acid is a preformed phenolic

aromatic chemical that is extremely

abundant in nature

  • Ferulic acid undergoes biocatalytic

conversion and is transformed into other

useful aromatic chemicals, such as Vanillin

suggested benefits
SUGGESTED BENEFITS:
  • Source of Aromatherapy
  • Antioxidants
  • Anti-tumor activity
  • Calms the stomach
  • Treats asthma
  • Treats Congestion and coughs
vanilla as a source for aromatherapy
VANILLA AS A SOURCE FOR AROMATHERAPY
  • Sloan Kettering hospital
  • Exposed patients to heliotropin
  • Those exposed to heliotropin experienced a 63% decrease in anxiety.
  • This is routinely used in their hospital now.
vanilla as an antioxident
VANILLA AS AN ANTIOXIDENT
  • Bhabha Atomic Research Center
  • Vanillin and tested for its ability to counteract the DPPH radical.
  • These reactions involved an electron transfer from the antioxidant to DPPH.
  • It was observed that Vanillin contained antioxidants.
vanilla containing anti tumor activity
VANILLA CONTAINING ANTI-TUMOR ACTIVITY
  • Center for Medicinal Plants Research
  • They examined the effect of vanillin on the growth and metastasis of cancer cells in mice.
  • It showed significantly reduced numbers of cancer cells in comparison to the controls.
  • Vanillin inhibited invasion and migration of cancer cells and inhibited enzymatic activity of the cancer cells.
  • Now Vanillin is being used in the development of drugs that stop the transfer of cancer cells throughout the body.
vanilla as a stomach soother
VANILLA AS A STOMACH SOOTHER
  • No experiments to prove this claim
  • However, the smell of vanilla is proven to relieve stress, so a decrease in stress may lead to a calm stomach
vanilla relieves the symptoms of asthma
VANILLA RELIEVES THE SYMPTOMS OF ASTHMA
  • Division of Occupational and

Environmental Medicine

  • An aromatic diffuser
  • A steam treatment
vanilla relieves congestion and coughs
VANILLA RELIEVES CONGESTION AND COUGHS
  • In South Africa, Honey bush is blended with vanilla and bourbon to help sooth a cough or respiratory problems.
  • Diluted oils from the vanilla plant can be used as a throat spray to help with sore throats. You can combine water and essential oils in a spray bottle and spray directly on the throat.
proven to be true or not
PROVEN TO BE TRUE OR NOT
  • Antioxidants
  • Anti-tumor activity

X Calms the stomach

  • Treats asthma symptoms

X Treats Congestion and coughs

  • Source of aromatherapy
sources
SOURCES
  • http://www.raysahelian.com/vanillin.html
  • http://parts.mit.edu/igem07/index.php/Edinburgh/Yoghurt/Applications
  • http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B75KC4KBWVND7&_user=10&_rdoc=1&_fmt=&_orig=search&_sort=d&view=c&_acct=C000050221&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=10&md5=5c2ea40ee21ad2cf454a58ddb6cf623d
  • http://www.vanilla.com/html/facts-faq.html
  • http://www.gelatine.org/en/health/specials/154_937.htm#Vanilla
  • http://pubs.acs.org/cgi-bin/abstract.cgi/jafcau/2007/55/i19/abs/jf071349+.html
  • http://www.healthy.net/scr/Article.asp?Id=1939