Saffron, as we all know, is one of the most pricey and valuable spices used around the world. Its threadlike red stigma and yellow hue gives color and flavor to Mediterranean and Asian dishes.
But what exactly is saffron and why is it that pricey?
Is there any healthy benefits from using this spice?
Here’s what you need to know.
1.Saffron as an Antioxidant
Saffron has notable antioxidants like crocin, crocetin, safranal and kaempferol. Crocin and crocetin are responsible for the red color of saffron, compounds that may have antidepressant properties, protects brain cells from a progressive damage, reduces inflammation and helps in weight loss.
2. Improves mood and treats depressive symptoms
Saffron helps brighten up your mood, it was being used herbal remedy in treating symptoms from mild to moderate depression.
3. May reduce PMS
Eating or smelling saffron may help in treating PMS symptoms like irritability, headaches,cravings, pain and anxiety.
4. May help in boosting you libido
It is claimed to boost sexual strength and energy. It is believed to treat premature ejaculation, improves sexual performance,erectile function and overall satisfaction.
5. May help in weight loss
Accordingly, antidepressant and anti-anxiety properties of saffron may help reduce appetite and desire to snack on unhealthy foods by improving the mood.
6. May reduce the risk of heart disease factors
Because of saffron’s antioxidant properties, it may reduce blood cholesterol and prevents blood vessels and arteries from clogging. It helps in maintaining proper blood circulation.
7. May lower the blood sugar levels
Saffron raise insulin properties and may lower blood sugar levels.
8. May improve vision in adults with age-related macular degeneration (AMD)
Saffron appears to improve eyesight in adults with AMD and protects against free radical damage linked to it (AMD). It reduces the gradual damage to cells on the retina.
9. Saffron and Alzheimer’s disease
Saffron with crocin plays an important role in treating and delaying the progress of Alzheimer’s during its early stages. Mild moderate Alzheimer’s disease and symptoms during 22 weeks can be improved by taking by mouth a specific water methanol saffron crocin extract.
10. Saffron and Arthritis
Since saffron is an excellent anti-inflammatory agent, it would help reduce pain, swelling, warmth and stiffness of the affected area.
As a cooking ingredient!
Saffron functions as preservatives, increases the flavor and color of the food and can be utilize as a spice in various exotic foods. These are some of the health benefits of saffron but bear in mind that it is important to be careful when buying this spice because there is a possibility that it will be mixed with some spices.
There are dishonest dealers who would add similar materials to add weight or dye the inferior quality of Saffron to look like it is a top quality spice. Remember to only purchased from reliable sources.
When taking as a supplement, always ask your doctor before taking it.
Bottom line is that Saffron is a powerful spice high in antioxidants. It has many health benefits to us. It is generally safe for most people and very easy to add to your diet. It is truly a gift from nature for all.