Saffron flowers lately crowded on social media. Saffron flower or kuma-kuma is one type of spice from the flower Crocus sativus (“henna flower”). Saffron has a slightly bitter taste and smells like dry grass caused by chemicals.
Safron contains crocin, one of the carotenoid coloring agents that makes food golden yellow. This saffron from Greece is one of the most sought after spices in the world. Although the price is quite expensive, but in traditional medicine, saffron is widely used as a medicine for various diseases, as reported by HealthLine .
Here are 11 benefits of saffron flowers for health:
1. Antioxidants Safron contains a variety of plant compounds that act as antioxidants. This compound has been linked to health benefits, such as reducing inflammation, anticancer and antidepressant properties. Antioxidants contained in it such as crocin, crocetin, safranal, and kaempferol which are believed to help protect body cells from oxidative stress.
2. Improving Mood and Treating Symptoms of Depression Safron is also dubbed as the sun’s spice. A study says, taking 30 mg of saffron every day is as effective as Fluoxetine, Imipramine, and Citalopram, a kind of conventional treatment for depression. Saffron petals that look like threads can reduce symptoms of mild to moderate depression experienced by a person. However, more research is still needed to strengthen this argument.
3. Has Cancer-Fighting Properties Safron is rich in antioxidants, which help neutralize harmful free radicals. Free radical damage has been linked to chronic diseases, such as cancer. Also read: Health Benefits of Wasabi: Prevent Colds Become Cancer Cures
4. Reducing PMS Symptoms Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a term that describes a woman’s physical, emotional, and psychological symptoms that occur before the start of the menstrual period. One study says, saffron can help treat PMS symptoms. In women aged 20-45 years, consuming 30 mg of saffron every day is more effective than placebo in treating PMS symptoms, such as irritability, headaches, nausea, and pain. Another study found that kissing saffron for 20 minutes helps reduce PMS symptoms such as anxiety and reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
5. Acting as an Aphrodisiac Aphrodisiac is a food or supplement that helps increase one’s libido. Taking 30 mg of saffron every day for four weeks can significantly improve erectile function, libido, and satisfaction in men. In women with low sexual desire, eating 30 mg of saffron every day for four weeks will reduce pain related to sex and increase sexual desire.
6. Reducing Appetite and Helping Weight Loss Snacking is a common habit that can make a person at risk of experiencing unwanted weight gain. According to research , consuming saffron can help prevent snacking and reduce one’s appetite.
7. Reducing the Risk of Heart Disease The antioxidant properties of saffron can lower blood cholesterol, prevent clogged arteries and arteries.
8. Lowering Safron Blood Sugar Levels is also believed to reduce blood sugar levels and increase insulin sensitivity.
9. Improve Vision In adults who have blurred vision problems with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), eating saffron flowers can improve vision and protect against free radical damage associated with AMD. 10. Improve Memory in Adults with Alzheimer’s Disease Antioxidants that exist in saffron flowers can improve cognition in adults who have Alzheimer’s disease. In addition to the
10 diseases above, saffron flowers are also used for asthma,
coughing, sore throat, whooping cough (pertussis), to thin the phlegm (as an
expectorant), overcome flatulence, depression, and treat a skin disease called
psoriasis, and dry skin. According to the WebMD website , some people even
apply saffron directly to the scalp to overcome baldness (alopecia). In addition,
saffron can also be used as a perfume in perfume and as a coloring agent for