10 Facts About Health Benefits Of Saffron/Kesar
What Is Saffron?
Saffron is a small, bulbous, perennial spice, a member of the lily family. To produce saffron, the stigmas [the part of the flower, which catches pollen] must be painstakingly handpicked, cut from the white style and then carefully laid on a sieve and cured overheat to deepen the flavor- a process so labor intensive that saffron is the most expensive spice in the world. Currently, saffron is commercially produced in Iran, Greece, Morocco, Spain, Kashmir, and Italy. Iran is the most important producer of saffron both, in terms of volume and quality, and Spain being the largest importer of the spice.
Saffron is a hard-working crop that makes it so costly. It best thrives in warm, humid climates. To date, Iran has been the world’s largest saffron supplier. In addition to its unique earthy essence, the saffron ‘s health benefits make it a very high price.
10 Impressive Health Benefits of Saffron
1) Benefits Skin
The antioxidants in it have anti-aging properties and therefore keep the skin soft and radiant. The topical saffron application can also whiten the skin, prevent acne and fade scars, dark spots and other skin defects. Saffron also has vitamin B2 that helps heal lips that are capped.
2) Good for Blood P
The spice of saffron contains many minerals such as cooperative, potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, magnesium, zinc and selenium. Some of these are useful in blood pressure control and haemoglobin formation.
3) Might Offer Relief From Menstrual Symptoms
There is limited evidence of menstrual symptoms relieved by saffron. However, an Iranian herbal drug made up of saffron has been found to relieve primary dysmenorrhea (painful abdominal cramp menstruation).
4) Saffron Is an Antioxidant
Saffron shows its antioxidant effects by reducing inflammation, scavenging free radicals, reducing protein synthesis and increasing antioxidant protein levels in the body.
The antioxidant effects of Saffron may retard the effects of aging and protect the skin from damage to the sunlight that could lead to cancer. Saffron found in sunscreens and lotions as an ingredient.
5) Saffron May Help Protect Your Eyes
Recent studies by L’Aquila University have shown that dietary saffron supplementation can counteract the effects of continuous light exposure in the albino rat retina.
6) Saffron Reduce Heart Disease Risk Factors
Studies of animals and test tubes show that the antioxidant properties of saffron can reduce blood cholesterol and prevent blood vessels and arteries from clogging.
7) Controls Diabetes
The substantial levels of manganese can help the body to optimize blood sugar. Diabetes is one of the world’s most dangerous and widespread conditions, affecting millions of people worldwide. By regulating your blood sugar, insulin and glucose levels, you can effectively prevent the onset of type II diabetes or manage symptoms if you already have this disorder.
8) Increases Sexual Vitality
This spice is a sexual enhancer well-known. Every night, a glass of milk with a pinch of saffron is all you need to increase your libido. Saffron has the ability to improve vitality in older men. Most importantly, it helps in erectile dysfunction, prevents premature ejaculation and infertility. Saffron is also a powerful aphrodisiac for women because of its impact
on the endocrine glands by improving androgen levels.
9) Enhances Liver Health
One study shows how cancer can benefit liver metastasis patients. Saffron has found to protect from structural liver damage. It also helps to treat liver toxicity.
10) Used as Food Additives
Saffron is an excellent substitute for synthetic food additives- for example: instead of FD and C yellow no 5: a synthetic food coloring agent which is a very common allergy trigger, the glorious yellow of Saffron could be an acceptable hypoallergenic choice.
Any Side Effects Of Saffron?
Saffron consumption at high doses can be potentially dangerous, as the high concentration of active ingredients can affect the body in a variety of ways. However, saffron has no common side effects or allergic properties in small doses (such as in meals or in the form of a pill supplement). Some reports of side effects include dry mouth.
High doses of saffron can act as a uterine stimulant and in severe cases can cause miscarriage. Therefore, pregnant women should be to avoid this spice in the diet.
People can safely take up to 1.5 grams of saffron a day as a dietary supplement. However, it has been shown that only 30 mg of saffron per day is sufficient for its health benefits. High doses of 5 grams or more, however, may have toxic effects