Monday, January 11, 2016

7 amazing health benefits of saffron

saffron a spice with amazing health benefits

Saffron is a small, bulbous, perennial spice, a member of the lily family.  It is known to posses several health benefits, of which we shall be looking at some of them in this review. To prepare saffron, the stigmas (the part of the flower which catches pollen) have to be painstakingly handpicked, cut from the white style and then cautiously laid on a sieve and cured over heat to deepen the taste- a manner so labour intensive that makes saffron to be the most high priced spice in the world.

Currently saffron is commercially produced in Iran, Greece, Morocco, Spain, Kashmir and Italy. Iran is the most crucial manufacturer of saffron, both in terms of quantity and quality, and Spain being the biggest importer of the spice.


The benefits and medicinal qualities of this exceedingly priced spice, makes it a precious culinary element globally. Modern-day studies shows that saffron can be used as an aphrodisiac, diaphoretic (to cause sweating), carminative (to prevent gas) and to bring about mensuration. Below are 7 health benefits of saffron:

1. Protects against cancer
Saffron incorporates a darkish orange, water soluble carotene called crocin, that is chargeable for lots of saffron's golden colour. Crocin has been observed to trigger apoptosis (programmed cell death) in a number of extraordinary kinds of human most cancers cells, leukemia, ovarian carcinoma, colon adenocarcinoma, and smooth tissue sarcoma. Researchers in Mexico who've been studying saffron extract have observed that saffron and its active components display an ability to inhibit human malignant cells. The spice does not only inhibit cells that have emerge as cancerous, but it has no such effect on everyday cells and in reality stimulates their formation and that of lymphocytes (immune cells that help destroy cancer cells)

2. Promotes learning and memory retention
Current research have also verified that saffron extract, particularly its crocin, is beneficial in the treatment of age related intellectual impairment. In Japan, saffron is encapsulated and used inside the treatment of Parkinson’s ailment, memory loss and inflammation.

3. In delayed puberty
In under developed women, saffron has an general stimulant effect. A pinch of saffron beaten in a table spoon of milk is useful to stimulate hormones and result in desired impact.

4. To boom vitality
In low libido, saffron aids as a sexual stimulant and can be consumed in a dose of a pinch in a tumbler of milk at night during bed time.

5. In patchy baldness
Saffron blended in liquorice and milk makes an effective topical product to induce hair growth in alopecia.

6. Protection against cold
Saffron is a stimulant tonic and very effective to treat cold and fever; saffron mixed in milk and applied over the brow (at the forehead), relieves cold speedily.

7. Food additives
Saffron is an amazing alternative for synthetic meals additives. for example as opposed to FD and C yellow number 5: a synthetic food coloring agent that triggers allergy easily, Saffron’s glorious yellow can be an acceptable hypoallergenic choice.

With these amazing health benefits known to us, this culinary treasure has to be utilized and especially inside the winter months.



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