What You Need To Know About The Many Benefits Of Vanilla

What You Need To Know About The Many Benefits Of Vanilla

Written by: Lindsay Sibson


While this ingredient is sometimes thought of as being “plain,” it actually is a sneaky lil’ devil that is full of powerful health promoting benefits!

What Is Vanilla?

Vanilla is a flavoring agent that comes from the orchids of the Mexican species “vanilla.”

Derived from the Spanish word vaina, which means sheath or pod, vanilla was originally cultivated by the Aztecs and then later introduced to Europe in the 1520’s.

It’s still a popular ingredient in cooking, beauty care and other scented products.

In fact, we included it in our Organifi Complete Protein Powder for the following reasons:

Health Benefits Of Vanilla

Promotes Healthy Digestion

  • Calms feelings of nausea
  • Soothes inflammation in the gut
  • Prevents cramping, upset stomach, vomiting and diarrhea

Heart Health

  • The active ingredient in vanilla, vanillin, helps reduce cholesterol levels in your body
  • Lower cholesterol means less inflammation in your arteries and prevents atherosclerosis and blood clots

Reduces Inflammation

  • Soothes inflammation throughout your body
    • Particularly beneficial for the liver, arthritis and gout

Eases Anxiety

  • Induces a state of calmness and relaxation
  • Helps relieve tension and stress

Prevents Cancer

  • Loaded with antioxidants, which eliminate free radicals in your body

Combats Acne

  • Has antibacterial properties
  • Helps get rid of the underlying infection that causes pimples/acne to form
  • Speeds up the recovery process of the skin
  • Helps reduce the appearance of scars caused by acne

Helps With Recovery

  • Rich in antioxidants, which help prevent the breakdown of tissues and cells in your body
  • Stimulates your body’s natural regrowth
  • Has antibacterial properties that support proper immune function
  • Lowers stress in the  body, making it easier to recover from illness and injury

Hair Strengthener

  • Encourage blood flow to the scalp
  • Stimulates hair growth while enhancing the condition of your hair

Weight Loss

  • Has appetite-suppressing properties
  • Helps lower cholesterol, which makes your metabolism work more efficiently

How To Make A Vanilla Chai Protein Shake


Instructions: Place all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.

  • Add more water for a thinner shake.
  • Or add a frozen banana if you prefer a thicker consistency.

Whether you enjoy this shake for breakfast or as an afternoon snack, your body will  receive a nourishing dose of vanilla!

Organifi Complete Protein is our very own VEGAN, GLUTEN FREE, ORGANIC protein powder that doubles as a multivitamin! It’s creamy and delicious. Getting enough daily protein has been shown to help support weight loss, muscle tone, improve immunity and boost energy. Get your bottle here.

About The Author

Lindsay Sibson turned her lifelong dream of traveling the world into a reality when she first stepped on a plan in April of 2014. With the simple intention of learning more about this beautiful world, she stepped away from corporate America to explore an alternative lifestyle of long term international travel, volunteering, blogging and pursuing a blissfully happy and fulfilling way of life.

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