VANILLA BEANS HEALTH BENEFITS AND MINERALS

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Health benefits:

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

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

3.  The chief chemical component in the beans is vanillin. They also compose 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.

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

5.  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.

6.  This condiment 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.

Minerals:

Nutritive value per 100 grams

PRINCIPLE

NUTRIENT VALUE

PERCENTAGE OF RDA

Energy

288 Kcal

14%

Carbohydrates

12.65 g

10%

Protein

0.06 g

<1%

Total Fat

0.06 g

<1%

Cholesterol

0 mg

0%

Dietary Fiber

0.0 g

0%

VITAMINS

Folates

0 mcg

0%

Niacin

0.425 mg

3%

Pantothenic caid

0.035 mg

0.5%

Pyridoxine

0.026 mg

2%

Riboflavin

0.095 mg

7%

Vitamin A

0 IU

0%

Vitamin C

0 mg

0%

ELECTROLYTES

Sodium

9 mg

0.5%

Potassium

148 mg

3%

MINERALS

Calcium

11 mg

1%

Copper

0.072 mg

8%

Iron

0.12 mg

1.5%

Magnesium

12 mg

3%

Manganese

0.230 mg

10%

Phosphorus

6 mg

1%

Selenium

0.0 mcg

0%

Zinc

0.11 mg

1%

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