We mentioned crocin being useful against depression and for prevention of some brain degenerative diseases. But saffron also seems to be useful against menstrual pain, for arterial plaques reduction, it helps to overcome insomnia and it can assist erectile function.
Recent studies recommend it as adjuvant in the fight against Parkinson’s, Alzheimer, hepatitis, diabetes and simple flu. It lowers the levels of
bad cholesterol in the blood and it is used in weight loss diets.
It is rich in vitamins: C – B6 – B2 – B1
On top of that it boasts antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Saffron-based herbal teas and infusions have a good effect against anxiety and mood swings. Finally, it is useful against car sickness and it improves digestive process.
Last, but not least, saffron is aphrodisiac.
Saffron is rich in carotenoids found especially in yellow, orange or red color plants such as carrots.
Specifically saffron is rich in:
– Picrocrocin that gives bitter aftertaste. Its presence is linked to product drying and storage level.
– Safranal that gives spice its typical aroma. It is an essential oil that tends to evaporate overtime lowering saffron flavoring power. As soon as the flower has been picked, this substance is not present but increases throughout the drying process.
– Crucins is giving color to the spice. It is calculated that saffron has a remarkable 8% carotenoid content, compared with just 0,008 in carrots. Saffron therefore has the highest carotenoid content. In short, it is more effective than vitamin C or E directly intaken. The high content of active ingredients helps proper
functioning of the digestive system, increasing bile and gastric juices secretion.
– Lycopene, which helps protect arteries in cardiovascular field. Recent studies have associated this substance with protective treatments against prostate cancer.
Whereas saffron is incredibly healthy in moderate quantities, in massive doses could be even lethal. The maximum daily dose is 1.5 grams. 20 grams a day can kill you!
If you suffer from anxiety and insomnia….
Put a pinch of saffron in hot water infusion for about ten minutes. Away from meals is a cure-all. If you also add some passion flower and lemon balm you will have sweet dreams too!
Do you feel down but your diet does not allow eating some chocolate?
Two teaspoons of honey and a pinch of saffron will help. No sense of guilt, lots of energy and good mood!
Do you have light or red hair but they are dull and opaque?
In cosmetics it is used as nourishing masks together with avocado, olive oil and 2 teaspoons of honey.
Left a pinch of saffron in hot water to rest for about ten minutes. Away from meals is a cure-all. If you also add some passiflora and melissa you will have beautiful dreams too!
Two teaspoons of honey and a pinch of saffron. No sense of guilt, lots of energy and good humour!
In cosmetics it is used as nutritious masks along with avocado, olive oil and 2 teaspoons of honey.
Saffron should be stored in a dry place and away from light and heat sources. It can be stored up to two years after harvest. The product has no expiration date, but obviously overtime its organoleptic qualities start to fade and the product diminishes its original taste than just after having been dried. The bright red color of the new harvest over time gets darker.