If it's been around for thousands of years, there's a good reason why you should look into it.
Since the ancient times, saffron threads have been considered a very precious and valuable herb as it brings many positive health and beauty effects. Saffron can be grown in most place around the world, however, Iran accounts for more than 80% of the saffron market due to its rich and fertile soil and high harvest yield.
Saffron is the Red Gold of Iran because of its economic value, around the world, this rare spice is cherished as it can be used in most dished, desserts, beverages and just on its own.
Effects of Saffron on Health
Saffron is known to be a homeopathic medicine for many, since the ancient times. It is known to support the treatment of diseases and health ailments such as (but not limited to) cancer, depression, hair loss and mood-swings.
Saffron and Cancer cells
A study that was conducted from 1990 to 2014 demonstrated that saffron threads contain crocin, crocetin, picrocrotin and safranal extracts that can potentially prevent and support cancer. These substances inhibit the growth of malignant tumors so that they do not spread into healthy cells, while increasing the absorption of cancer drugs.
Saffron and Depression, Dementia
Saffron threads have shown to be as effective as depression medication by scientists, with results showing reduction in neurological conditions and symptoms. Saffron threads constituent compounds such as flavanoids, tannins, anthocyanin, alkaloids and saponins that balance the neurotransmitters in the brain, especially the depletion of serotonin - one of the main causes of depression.
Saffron and PMS (premenstrual syndrome)
Premenstrual syndrome occurs due to the hormonal imbalance prior menstruation. Saffron threads can help balance the hormones and also assist with reducing abdominal pain, cramps and other symptoms of premenstrual syndrome.
Saffron and the Digestive System
Saffron threads contain a compound/substance called carotenoids. Carotenoids play an important role in promoting the digestive system due to its anti-inflammatory properties. This supports the treatments of digestive disorders/ailments, stomach ulcers and ulcerative colitis.
Saffron and The Heart
The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties in saffron help maintain health arteries and blood vessels. Naturally recurring compounds such as riboflavin, croceti and other vital vitamins that play a major key with regulating blood cholesterol, atherosclerosis prevention and blood pressure are present in saffron. In addition, saffron threads increase the ability to absorb potassium - which leads to the reduction of pressure on arteries, reduces stress on the cardiovascular system and its conditioning attributes.
Saffron and Vision
Saffron contains a large amount of crocin. One of the many positive health effects of crocin is that it helps circulate blood into the retina. Furthermore, carotenoids, zeaxanthine and flavomoid, that is found is saffron, acts as an anti-aging agent on the retinal cells.
Saffron and Beauty
Saffron isn't only used for ingestion. It is also used for many other products such as face-masks, perfumes and scents. Saffron is also used in high-end cosmetics to help users retain a youthful skin and to also prevent skin related disases/ailments. Packed with lots of nutrients, saffron threads are loved by men and women around the world because of its endless benefits.
Saffron and Scar Treatment, Acne
Due to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory nature, saffron threads are excellent for exfoliation and post-acne treatment. Saffron threads not only aid with fighting acne, they also help keep the skin shiny and smooth - and also battle with returning acne at the same time.
Saffron and Dark Pigmentation
Melasma is a phenomenon in which the skin becomes darkened post-injury. If not taken care of properly, it can leave behind dark lines. Saffron threads contain vital vitamins and plant based proteins that have anti-aging effects. This helps promote collegen production, fade/get rid fo dark sports, restore skin to its original condition and improve wrinkled by tightening the skin.
Saffron and Skin Moisturisation
Moisturising the skin is very important as preserves the youthfulness of your skin and also keeps your overall skin health maintained. Saffron threads contain nutrients that penetrate the skin (and unclog pored) which can deeply moisturise your skin. This can also eliminate dead skin cells and keep your face, or other body parts, fresh.
Saffron and Dark Circles
Dark circles that are visible under the eyes can be because of many reasons such as tiredness, poor circulation or lack of nutrients in the skin. Saffron threads can improve this condition.
If you have reached this stage of the blog, Mr Saffron congratulates you for educating yourself about the many wonderful uses of saffron.