SAFFRON HEALTH BENEFITS
Saffron uses and Benefits
Saffron spice, saffron tea, saffron seasoning spice, medicinal herb ,as supplement, or as coloring agent are some of the ways in which saffron is used. It is got from the crocus satvus which is the scientific name of the flower popularly known as Saffron Crocus. It only flowers for about three to four weeks between October to November. Saffron is the most costly spice by weight. The harvesting by hand of Saffron is the main reason for its expensive price. It could take almost two days to harvest just a kilogram of quality Saffron .The quality of Saffron you get depends on the soil, rain fall and temperature.Saffron is effectively used in a variety of medicinal ways
1. As an Aphrodisaic
People use saffron to enhance libido functions. Studies have shown that taking saffron improve the erectile function of people suffering from low libido. It is therefore noted that saffron may help both men and women suffering from low libido , expecially those suffering from taking anti depressing drugs.
2. As an Antioxidant
Saffron is has anti oxidant properties and compounds like croticin, crocin, krampferol and safranai that protects you from free radicals and could protect your heart.
3. Cancer fighting Agent
Kaempferol found in Saffron fights cancer cells .Studies on animals reveal that the use of Saffron can be used to suppress or kill colon cancer cells and this is applicable to other cancer cells
4. As as Weight loss aid
Studies have shown that people who take saffron have lesser cravings
The compounds in Saffron aid weight loss as it reduces appetite and craving thus aiding weight loss
5. As a coloring agent. Saffron can be added to your food to give color and flavor
6. Used as mood and anti depressant product
Saffron is believed to improve moods and is used as an anti depressant substance. Also its bright color may help brighten your mood. Saffron supplements are used effectively to treat depression. However more studies are needed in this arena before making a definitive conclusion as to the use of saffron as a treatment for mild to moderate depression
7. Mental Health
Studies reveal that it can help protect your brain cells from oxidation improving your memory ,learning abilities aad mood. It may improve memory of people with Alzhemer disease
8. Reduce PMS symptoms
PMS( Pre menstrual symptom are
emotional ,psychological and physical symptoms that starts before the menstrual period in women. The taking of saffron supplements has helped intreating the symptoms like headache ,pain, cravings and irritation
9. May reduce arteries clogging disease risk
Research have shown that the intake of saffron could lower cholesterol level and prevent arteries and blood vessels from clogging. And could lower blood sugar levels
10. Protect eyesight.