Benefits of Saffron
So here are some of the health benefits of saffron:
1. It is a powerful antioxidant
Saffron contains a variety of impressive plant compounds, which act as antioxidants and protect the molecules from free radicals and oxidative stress molecules.
2. May improve mood and treat symptoms of depression.
In a review of five studies, saffron supplements were significantly more effective than placebo in treating mild to moderate depressive symptoms.
3. It has anti-cancer properties
Saffron is rich in antioxidants, which help neutralise harmful free radicals. Free radical damage is associated with chronic diseases such as cancer.
4. May reduce premenstrual syndrome symptoms.
Among women aged 20 to 45, taking 30 mg of saffron a day is more effective than placebo in treating PMS symptoms such as irritability, headaches, cravings and pain.
5. Reduces appetite and helps with weight loss
Saffron helps prevent snacking by curbing appetite. In an eight-week study, women who took saffron supplements felt significantly fuller, ate less frequently and lost more weight than those in the control (placebo) group.
6. Reduces risk factors for heart disease
Several studies indicate that saffron’s antioxidant properties may reduce blood cholesterol and prevent blood vessels and arteries from clogging.
7. Lowers blood sugar levels
Saffron can lower blood sugar levels and increase insulin sensitivity, as observed in test tube studies and mice with diabetes.
8. Improves eyesight in adults with age-related macular degeneration (AMD)
Saffron appears to improve eyesight in adults with AMD. It also protects against free radical damage, which is linked to AMD.
9. Improves memory in adults with Alzheimer’s disease
The antioxidant properties of saffron may improve cognition in adults with Alzheimer’s disease.
REMEMBER: saffron is easy to incorporate into your diet. It usually comes in the form of powder or fine threads. To use saffron threads, grind them first, then soak them in hot liquid for about 15 minutes before adding them to the board. Or add them during cooking. You can remove the saffron threads from the dish before eating, but they are edible.
Saffron makes food brown, such as paella. You can also use saffron in soups, seafood, poultry, pasta and rice dishes and even in baked goods such as bread, muffins and biscuits.