Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Unbelievable benefits of saffron

I read this article that amazed me. I remember when I was a child my mother used to tell me not to eat too much saffron because I would laugh without any reason. Now this article says that saffron is a good medicine for depression!

Traditionally we use saffron in different ways
We may mix a little saffron with tea. It has a nice smell and taste.
We also make rice with saffron.
Chicken also marinated in saffron and water for a few days and then you can grill or barbeque it.
We also pour saffron in cold water with just a little sugar, it is very refreshing.

Well depression is only one of its benefits. I have copied part of the article here:


"There are clinical trials conducted evaluating the efficacy of saffron in mild-to-moderate depression. The studies reported that saffron was more effective than placebo and at least equivalent to therapeutic doses of imipramine and fluoxetine. No significant differences were found in adverse effects in any of the studies.[12,13] As a dietary supplement, saffron extracts may PRevent retinal damage in rats and have a role in the treatment of ischemic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration.[14] Anti-nociceptive and anti-inflammatory activities were reported from stigmas and petals of saffron.[15] Literature review showed that a decrease in cholesterol and triglyceride levels and reduction in vascular damage were observed when hyper-lipidemic rabbits were treated by crocetin. Hypoxia at the vascular wall was also reduced.[16] However, in another study, 400 mg/day (for 7 days) of saffron showed no effect on the lipid profile of the healthy volunteers.[17] In addition, an anti-oxidant effect was observed in human platelets together with the inhibition of lipid peroxidation.[18] There is a report that reviewed the potential role of saffron extracts in cancer therapy.[19] However, saffron appears to be a selective cytotoxic plant but its mechanism is not clearly determined. Besides the above-mentioned activity, improvement of ethanol-impaired memory of mice, effects on learning behavior and neuronal cell death, and management of psoriasis were reported from C. sativus.[19,20,21] Saffron is generally not toxic when ingested in culinary amounts, but a lethal dose at 20 g and an abortifacient dose at 10 g have been indicated in the literature.[10] Adverse reactions such as rhino-conjunctivitis, bronchial asthma, cutaneous pruritus, and a case report of anaphylaxis have been existed.[10,22]"

Read the full article and order your saffron today.


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