11 Health Benefits of Saffron

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Saffron is one of the most expensive spices in the world. It is also one of the most effective spices, yielding many health benefits.

The spice is actually the dried stigma of the crocus sativus linneus, also a member of the iris family. Saffron originated in the middle east but is also added to many ethnic cuisines. Harvesting the herb requires intensive labor and an estimated 75,000 flowers are needed to produce just 1 lb of saffron; this also explains why it is almost $2000.00 a pound.

Saffron supplements are also available at most places that sell vitamins.

Manganese is the most potent ingredient, as well as vitamin C, magnesium, iron, potassium, and vitamin B6. These help your body regulate blood sugar, absorb calcium, boost your metabolism, and helps to form healthy bones, tissues, and sex hormones. The Vitamin C in the Saffron helps to fight infections, and the iron purifies your blood.

Saffron may be widely known for its flavor, but as you see it does have many health benefits if frequently used.

 

1. Anti-Depressant

Saffron has been proven to be more effective than prescription medications at helping mild to moderate depression.

2. Menstrual Relief

Taking saffron will help women who have irregular periods. The herbal supplement can help induce menstruation and relieve the pain associated with periods.

3. Cancer

Saffron is to help with cancer by entering the cancer cells and sending off signals called Apoptosis, which essentially makes them commit “Suicide.” Saffron also contains Carotenoids which cause a toxic reaction to certain cancer cells in the body, such as those associated with leukemia, sarcoma, and carcinoma cells.

4. Insomnia

Mix saffron with your favorite herbal tea or hot milk and drink an hour before bed. This should help you not have those restless, or non-sleeping nights.

5. Asthma

Saffron helps to clear the airways making it easier to breathe.

6. Blood pressure and heart disease

Saffron is rich in potassium, which enables your heart to beat. Potassium helps trigger your heart to squeeze blood throughout your body.

7. Skin

Saffron contains many antioxidants that protect your skin from harmful free radicals. This makes saffron a very useful natural anti-aging treatment.

8. Eyes

Saffron helps treat Mascular degeneration, which is a condition that affects the cells in the eyes causing vision disability.

9. Appetite Suppressant

Although this may not be a health benefit, it is a benefit. Obesity is an epidemic in the United States. People shovel in DIET PILLS and chemical appetite suppressants, when it has been found that Saffron is an amazing Appetite suppressant that actually works!

10. Memory

Saffron helps retain memory retention and learning capabilities in a person. It also assists in curing problems related to age cerebral impairment.

11. Natural Fever Reducer

Skip the Ibuprofen and grab some Saffron. Saffron contains a compound known as Crocin, which helps in lowering a fever.

Sources:

http://www.diethealthclub.com/health-food/health-benefits-of-saffron.html

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