Saffron is one of the most beneficial spices for medicinal use. This spice contains several plant-derived chemical compounds that are known to be health promoting and disease preventing. It has many therapeutic applications. Think of antidepressant, antiseptic, anticarcinogenic, antioxidant, antispasmodic and anticonvulsant properties as well as carminative, diaphoretic, cytotoxic attributes.
Saffron is a centerpiece of traditional medicine and antique frescoes point out its therapeutic attributes. This enigmatic spice (saffron) was actually first used as a natural therapy for medicinal use prior to becoming a household cooking item to spice up delicious recipes! As can be seen in our cooking videos, it is easy to make use of this delicious therapeutic spice in order to give that earthy complex flavor to dishes, desserts, and tea.
Saffron is still being researched in centers around the world for its medicinal use and results point out several natural-chemical compounds that are known to have antioxidant, disease-preventing, and health-promoting properties.
Saffron flowers’ pistils are composed of volatile several essential oils, but the most important of them all is safranal which gives saffron its pleasant flavor. Safranal is a potent antioxidant and has a cytotoxic effect on cancer cells. It also has anticonvulsant and antidepressant properties. Other volatile essential oils that are found in saffron are cineole, phenethenol, pinene, borneol, geraniol, limonene, p-cymene, linalool, and terpinen-4-oil.
This flavorful spice also possesses many non-volatile active components; the most important of them is alfa-crocin, a carotenoid compound that gives pistils their characteristic golden-yellow color. Alfa-crocin has been found to have antioxidant, antidepressant, and anticarcinogenic properties. It also contains other carotenoids including zea-xanthin, lycopene, a- and ß-carotenes. These are important antioxidants that help protect the human body from oxidant-induced stress, cancers, infections and acts as immune modulators. In other words, saffron has an important place for medicinal use thanks to its advantages!
Saffron is also a good source of minerals like copper, potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, selenium, zinc, and magnesium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps control heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese and copper are used by the human body as co-factors for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Iron is essential for red blood cell production and as a co-factor for cytochrome oxidases enzymes.
Additionally, it is also rich in many vital vitamins, including vitamin A, folic acid, riboflavin, niacin, and vitamin-C that is essential for optimum health.
Overall, the active components in saffron have a multitude of therapeutic applications in many traditional medicinal areas. Saffron is mainly used as a natural remedy to help in the treatment of:
Researchers point out that, as a dietary supplement, people can take up to 1,5 grams of saffron per day and its benefits can be reaped from a minimum dosage of 30 mg per day.
* Please note that high doses of 5 grams or more can have toxic effects and pregnant women should avoid high doses as it may cause miscarriage.
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