Hello everyone, I am Ashish Arora and in this article of mine I will be discussing with you the benefits of saffron.
Undoubtedly the most precious spice in the world, it takes around 4300 of the breathtakingly beautiful royal purple flowers of the crocus plant to produce a single ounce of saffron. The golden spice comes is obtained from the thread-like stigmas, exactly three of which are present in every flower. It is so fabulously expensive that a hundred dollars would buy less than an ounce of good quality saffron. Fortunately, due to its intense flavoring and coloring power, a tiny pinch would suffice in any recipe – bringing it within the reach of the ordinary housewife wanting to create that special delicacy that utilizes saffron’s exquisite flavor and color.
Saffron contains several compounds, including carotenoids such as crocines, crocetins, picrocrocin, and dimethyl-crocetin. Hydrolysis of the agent results in the production of safranal and glucose.
Saffron is full of surprises, including its medicinal purposes.
Saffron is one of the golden spices, which has several health benefits. Saffron is mainly used in the cooking to give the good aroma. Saffron is also one of the oldest herb and used in India from centuries.
In this article I will tell you some health benefits and it is also very beneficial for improving for overall health.
1. The crocetin component of saffron appears to increase the diffusion of oxygen in plasma, possibly by as much as 80%. This action may prevent atherosclerosis secondary to vascular wall hypoxia and a subsequent decrease in RBC diffusion of oxygen.
2. Herbalists claim that saffron possesses anti-cancer activity, but these claims are yet to be evaluated critically by medical expert.
3. Saffron has positive effects in lowering blood cholesterol and triglycerides among heart patients.
4. In ancient cultures, saffron was used to relieve stomach aches and kidney stones and also as an agent in improving the circulation of blood.
5. Some independent studies suggest that the use of saffron meet have beneficial effects on enhancing memory.
6. Saffron contains carotenoids and medical studies have proven to show that it helps in enhancing oxygen diffusivity in the plasma and other liquids while improving pulmonary oxygenation.
7. The carotenoids in saffron are known to inhibit skin tumors.
8. The numerous active constituents in saffron are also known to bring about a positive effect on people with neurodegenerative disorders and memory impairment.
9. Massaging the gums with saffron helps in reducing soreness and inflammation of the mouth and the tongue.
10. Saffron is also used in many cosmetic preparations for enhancing and lightening the skin.
11. In traditional Chinese system, saffron was used as an agent to improve blood circulation and cure the bruise.
12. The spectrum of tumors saffron is against is wide including leukemia, ovarian carcinoma, colon adenocarcinoma, rhabdomyosarcoma, papilloma, squamous cell carcinoma, and soft tissue sarcoma.
13. Saffron delayed ascites tumor growth, in addition, it delayed the onset of papilloma
growth, decreased incidence of squamous cell carcinoma and soft tissue sarcoma.
14. Crocetin is a carotenoid (8,8'-diapo-8,8'-carotenoic acid) with seven double bonds and four methyl groups. It contributes the most health benefits of saffron. Crocetin has been shown to enhance the oxygen diffusivity through plasma and other liquids, increase alveolar oxygen transport and enhance pulmonary oxygenation.
15. Some studies have shown that saffron extract or its active constituents, crocetin and crocin may have benefits on people suffered from neurodegenerative disorders accompanying memory impairment.
16. In a study of hyperlipemia, crocin decreased cholesterol, triglyceride and density lipoprotein levels, and increased the content of high density lipoprotein. Researchers believe that crocin prevents atherosclerosis in hyperlipemia, via inhibition of both proliferation of smooth muscle cells
and activation of p38MAPK.
17. Saffron also is reported to have immunomodulating effects.
18. It appears that saffron may protect and correct vision in individuals who have retinitis pigmentosa or muscular degeneration related to age.
19. A recent study suggests that saffron may be as effective as Prozac in treating mild to moderate depression.
20. This herb is also very wonderful in fleece the membranes of stomach and colon and also helps you in calming the gastrointestinal colic and acidity. This herb is also very good in curing the gas and acidity also.
21. It is also very effective in providing the relief from the tenderness of arthritis and joint pain also.
22. Saffron is also very profitable in relieving the muscle tenderness by the helps of the tissues to avoid the lactic acid.
23. Saffron tea has been used to induce vomiting and coughing in order to cause stomach, throat or chest relief.
24. Saffron is also has anti-inflammatory properties also and also very beneficial in purifying the blood as well It is also very useful in treating fever and also treats insomnia.
25. Saffron is also very effective for skin care also which is very effective in lightening the skin.
26. In past years, saffron has been used to induce menstruation in women who did not have regular periods. The tea has also been ingested to reduce bleeding in the uterus and ease the pain caused by menstruation.
27. Doctors are also recommending making use of saffron during pregnancy as it has herbal properties to raise the proper body temperature
28. Saffron tea is used to treat mild to severe abdominal pain and upset stomach. The tea also soothes the membranes in the colon.
29. For appetite loss, or a too full feeling have a simple saffron ginger tonic on hand
30. According to OrganizedWisdom, saffron tea has been reported to prevent cholesterol buildup in the arteries, which prevents heart disease.
Saffron is usually used in its dried form and is expensive as a spice and as an herbal supplement. When choosing saffron as an herbal supplement, opt for whole saffron threads instead of powdered saffron, as the threads tend to have more medicinal properties and the powder is likely to be adulterated. Saffron must be used sparingly when cooking as too much of it can impart a bitter flavor to the food and cause people to fall sick. In large quantities saffron is known to be lethal. Saffron may also be applied topically for treating skin conditions.
By consumption of saffron you can improve your overall health.
I feel that although it’s a pricey spice but not as expensive as many health supplements we use and we only require less than a pinch to eat it.
Author Brief – Dr. Ashish arora is a consultant homoeopathic physician who is known amongst his patients for his politeness and his counseling skills. Other than the medical profession Dr. Ashish is very passionate for pencil sketching and photography.