Vanillin is an organic compound that creates both the flavor and sweet smell of vanilla. It is naturally occurring in vanilla beans, orchids, and it is even present in the decomposition of books, contributing to the wonderful warm aroma of an old library. In addition to the pleasing aroma, vanillin has been found to have many health benefits.
During a 2013 study, researchers tracking markers of depression were able to determine antidepressant activity with the vanillin compound. 1
Some antioxidants can act as protective agents against various degenerative diseases caused by oxidative damage. In a 2013 study, vanillin was identified as one of the contributing compounds with antioxidative potential. 1