Saffron is a striking spice, known for its astounding yellow and red colors and subtly sweet taste. The “crocus sativus”, a beautiful purple flower is home to the production of saffron, from the inside of the flowers. Saffron is mostly produced in countries such as Greece, Iran and India and due to its labor-intensive practices to obtain, Saffron is a very expensive spice. Saffron is as luxurious as it is beneficial for our health.
What are the health benefits of Saffron?
1. Saffron is high in antioxidants
Antioxidants are important to our bodies as oxidative stress and are molecules that resist against “free-radicals,” which, if they reach high levels in the body, can be very harmful. Free radicals are linked to diabetes, heart issues, and even cancer. Saffron is studied to high levels of crocin, picrocrocin, safranin, kaempferol and crocetin. Crocin and crocetin contribute to saffron deep red coloring and hold anti-depressant properties, and protect brain cells, decrease inflammation, and can aid in keeping the body at a healthy weight. Safranal is linked to improving mood, memory, concentration, and learning. Kaempferol contributes to mood, reduced inflammation and anti-cancerous properties.
2. Saffron can help treat depression
Did you know Saffron’s nickname is the “sunshine spice” for its ability to support increased dopamine to combat against mild depression and improving mood.
3. Saffron can help with female premenstrual syndrome
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is linked to women’s monthly menstrual cycle and can result in low mood, physical pain, and other symptoms. Taking 30mg of Saffron has been effective in stabilizing mood, irritability, headaches, cravings, and pain. Even smelling the aroma of saffron has been linked to improving mood and decreasing anxiety.
4. Saffron can support people with ADHD – Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
ADHD is a disorder that impacts millions of people and can cause deficits in social skills, low self-esteem, decreased academic achievement due to difficulty concentrating, poor time management skills, impulsiveness, restlessness, and difficulty coping with stress. Saffron has been studied as a positive support for people with ADHD, due to its anti-depressive properties, working to alter the chemicals in the brain by inhibiting the re-upate of dopamine and norepinephrine. This can support people with ADHD and their symptoms.
5. Saffron can reduce blood pressure and improve the health of your heart
Saffron is packed full of potassium, a super important role for the heart, as it helps your heart to function by triggering it to pump blood efficiently throughout your body. Potassium also aids in functioning muscles, nerves and kidney.
6. Saffron can aid in maintaining healthy weight
Saffron is known to be an efficient appetite and food craving suppressant, allowing people to manage their weight by not overeating.
7. Saffron can treat Alzheimer’s patients
Studies have highlighted that saffron may support people suffering with mild – moderate Alzheimer’s by helping support mental function and cognition.
8. Saffron can support Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Age-Related Macular Degeneration is an eye disease that gets worst with time. It eventually leads to permanent vision loss and is generally experienced by people 60 years and older. Saffron has been used to treat and support people who have mild Age-Related Macular Degeneration’s visual function.
Saffron is a cherished spice with trusted history. Saffron is a great cholesterol free, low calorie, fat, and sodium free supplement to add into your daily diet for added health benefits.