benefits of saffron
– Fight Cancer
Saffron has been shown to cause apoptosis in several cancer cells, which is recognized as one of the key components of any type of cancer control or cancer prevention. In fact, all three major components of saffron, croquitin and safranal strongly demonstrated the properties of apoptosis. (reference)
– Diabetes Treatment
Anti-diabetic drugs are needed to regulate your blood sugar in hard conditions. The potential effects of saffron spice treatment have been documented in the past two decades. There is evidence that saffron has potent anti-inflammatory properties (reference).
– Arthritis Treatment
An Italian study says crocetin in saffron can improve cerebral oxygenation, which facilitates arthritis (reference). However, it should not be used by older patients with liver, kidney or bone marrow disorders – and not by pregnant women.
– Improve Vision
A Spanish study states that natural compounds of saffron can help prevent vision loss and retina degeneration. Safranal, one of the compounds in saffron, preserved the photo receptor morphology (an eye mechanism that examines the forms of things you see), the visual response, and the capillary network (reference).
– Helping to Treat Asthma
Base on reports saffron have used to treat asthma since ancient times. Traditional medicine uses saffron for this purpose (reference). However, research is limited. Consult your doctor for more information.
– Improve Digestion
Saffron was found to play a key role in promoting digestion and treating digestive disorders through antioxidant effects and anti-inflammatory and radical (reference) properties. It also shows the potential for treating peptic ulcers and ulcerative colitis.
– Good During Pregnancy
According to an Iranian study, saffron can increase cervical readiness during pregnancy. It also has the greatest impact on the contraction of the uterus and the loss of the walls. A number of caesarean sections were also lower among women who received saffron (reference).
Please talk to your doctor about this, and take their advice.
– Improved Safety and Energy Levels
Carotenoids in saffron can be safely impacted. One study has shown that overdoses of saffron (100 mg of saffron) per day can have temporary immunogenic activity without harmful effects (reference). Leaf extract of saffron also shows an increase in antibody response in rat (reference).
Saffron also improves the energy level, but there is no clear evidence for it.
Saffron contains a variety of herbal compounds that act as antioxidants, molecules that protect cells against free radicals and oxidative stress.
Notable saffron antioxidants include crocin, crocetin, safranal, and kaempferol (reference).
Crocin and crocetin are carotenoid pigments and responsible for saffron’s red color. Both compounds may have antidepressant properties, protect brain cells against progressive damage, improve inflammation, reduce appetite, and aid weight loss.(reference)