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Saffron: a real "red gold"?

 

This star of the family Iridaceae is extracted from a plant with incredible therapeutic virtues: Corcus Sativus.

From Greece to the Middle East, saffron farming goes back more than 3000 years. Its uses are multiple, its nutrient contributions are remarkable, and its extraction and treatment are complex and manual. That's why saffron has historically been the most expensive spice in the world.

Although most often used in the kitchen, this spice is full of beneficial effects. It turns out to be a health partner that could fightagainst depression, insomnia, skin aging, cold and several types of cancer.

In this context, we have selected for you some particular benefits of saffron:

1-      Rich in antioxidants, saffron can help relieve symptoms of depression :

The depression, which is the most common mental disorder in the world, affects more than 200 million people, with significant social and financial repercussions.

Several chemical and psychological treatments exist and are often used, but unfortunately often have harmful side effects on the psychology and physique of the sick person.

The evolution of botanical science and medicine has made it possible to present saffron among natural alternatives.

In the case of depression, the results of several preclinical and clinical studies have demonstrated the remarkable antidepressant properties of saffron. It would act like or better than the chemical antidepressants (Prozac / Fluoxetine, Imipramine ...) with fewer side effects.

 

2-      Natural saffron slows the growth of cancer cells:

Several studies have shown that saffron has an anti-cancer power. Its compounds such as Crocine kill cancer cells or slow their growth while preserving normal cells. In addition, in vitro experiments have shown that crocin could make cancer cells more receptive to chemotherapeutic treatments.

Crocine, Safran's main antioxidant, also helps prevent breast cancer and leukemia. As for pancreatic cancer, this compound attacks cancer stem cells by destroying them.

3-      Saffron: A winter partner:

 

Winter is known for its icy cold. During this season, we are all subject to diseases such as colds, fever or coughs.

During these periods, our body is forced to produce the necessary energy for the maintenance of our temperature but also to develop antibodies, and is thus more vulnerable to external threats.

In addition to its taste properties as a spice, saffron is a tonic food that can naturally treat colds and fever.

According to Dr. Shilpa Arora, nutritionist and health practitioner, saffron, mixed with milk and applied to the forehead could reduce the risk of colds.

4-      Saffron, a natural remedy for insomnia:

Sleep disorders have unpleasant consequences on our daily lives. Insomnia  keeps us from concentrating fully during the day, causing us permanent fatigue and anxiety. In this case, productivity and mood will be at the lowest level.

 

On one side, a daily dose of saffron could treat insomnia and induce sleep through the regulation of sleep patterns.

 

On the other side, the antidepressant effect of saffron could improve the person’s mood by allowing him to start his day off on the right foot.

 

5-      Saffron is a natural solution for all skin problems:

 

The benefits of saffron to the body are many and varied. This “red gold” is also considered a beauty secret for your skin:

·         It calms sensitive skin and reduces inflammation

·         It purifies the skin and makes it brighter

·         It has an anti-aging effect

·         It protects skin from sun exposure

·         It revives the construction of collagen and treats the aging of the skin.



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