Saffron has been nicknamed the “sunshine spice” And that’s not because of it’s red and sometimes yellow colouring. The spice is believed to have mood-boosting properties. There may be some science behind these claims, too. One study found to be as effective as the drug fluoxetine in treating mild to moderate depression.
2. Heart Disease
Saffron has many different chemical components. some of these may help to reduce blood pressure and provide protection against heart disease. One older human study in the Indian Journal of Medical Sciences found that saffron reduced the possibility that bad cholesterol would cause tissue damage. Researchers believe that the antioxidant properties of saffron might have a protective effect when it comes to heart disease.
3. PMS Treatment
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) can cause a variety of uncomfortable symptoms, from mood swings to physical discomfort. Some women are affected more than others. For those who want relief but don’t want to rely on medications, saffron may be a good alternative.
4. Boost memory
Saffron contains two chemicals, crocin and crocetin, which researches believe may help learning and memory function. This promising research shows that saffron may have potential in treating diseases that affect the brain, like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
5. Vision support
Studies show that saffron can help ward off macular degeneration, a common age-relation condition that can lead to blindness. Once macular degeneration sets in, the retina’s light-sensitive cells break down. The properties in saffron can protect these light-sensitive cells. Recent studies have suggested that saffron can improve the visual acuity in individuals that are suffering from age-related macular degeneration, particularly in its early stages.
6. Enhance digestion
Saffron has been prescribed by medical practitioners to provide relief for common digestive ailments. With its anti-inflammatory properties, saffron calms complaints like stomach aches due to indigestion, cramping, bloating and constipation. It can also help treat conditions like gastric ulcers. Saffron has a slight sedative effect. So if you’re unable to sleep because of indigestion, this spice could offer some relief.
General health statement
This information is meant to supplement, not replace advice from your doctor or healthcare provider and is not meant to cover all possible uses, precautions, interactions or adverse effects. This information may not fit your specific health circumstances. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your doctor or other qualified health care provider.
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