Because of the amazing health benefits of saffron, this rarely used spice is definitely worth keeping on your spice rack.
What is Saffron?
Saffron is an elite spice. It has a royal beam of respect and features a distinctive aroma and flavor, adding an exotic tinge to your meal.
Saffron constitutes of dried female stamens of the Crocus sativus, a native Mediterranean plant. It takes approximately 75,000 flowers to produce a single saffron pound. This is what makes it one of the most expensive spices which is not easy to find.
Except for the flavor and color this spice adds to dishes, there also are numerous health benefits of saffron. It has a list of amazing health benefits that served treasure for traditional medicines.
Coming from the Iris family, Saffron has a surplus of uses from prehistoric ages. Early writings of Hippocrates and Galen indicate that it served as a medical treatment for colds, coughs, stomach ailments, uterine bleeding, insomnia, scarlet fever, flatulence, and heart trouble.
It contains Manganese, Potassium, Magnesium, Vitamin C, Iron and Vitamin B6. In our current era, modern science has reached an awareness of the bioactive compounds of Saffron like Safranal and Crocetin and their incredible medicinal properties.
The health benefits of saffron treat a range of disorders from nausea and inflammation, to menstrual complications and throat disorders.
It lowers insulin resistance, tackles depression and has multiple ways to confront health issues that may hinder your daily life motions.
If you have an upset stomach or gastric disorder, Saffron can come to the rescue. It eliminates heartburn, pain, and indigestion. A pinch of saffron is the perfect route if you have a condition of ulcers.
Depression is the most common problem that affects everyone of us at some time. There are immeasurable over the counter pills available to treat depression. Saffron is by far a better choice as a natural alternative that is effective, as it deals with brain chemicals that affect the mood.
Premenstrual issues affect many women. The remedy is on the spice rack. Saffron reduces PMS symptoms that affect pain, behavior, and moods. It has a special ability to influence serotonin.
When your cells stop responding in a normal fashion to the hormone insulin, it leads to diabetes. Crocetin in saffron tackles insulin resistance. It is advisable to steer away from sweets and soda, but if you happen to indulge in an occasional temptation, Saffron will be there to prevent the negative impact of any foods high in sugar.
Saffron for your heart
The antioxidant, anti-inflammatory properties of saffron help maintain blood vessels and arteries healthy. Crocetin is said to lower cholesterol and improve cardiovascular health. It is claimed that Mediterranean countries have low cardiovascular diseases due to their common use of Saffron.
Saffron for your eyes
Vision reaches a degeneration level with age, which may cause blindness (macular degeneration). The light retinas of the eye begin to break down with age. Saffron promotes a long-term improvement in eyesight. It improves visual acuity and light sensitivity, even in those who have macular degeneration at an early stage. Clearly, this is an eye–opener to see the light of Saffron.
Reward your body with the journey of lifetime health perks and search for a ‘must have’ flavor in your kitchen, the golden spice, Saffron!
By Nena T.