Saffron Properties And Curiosities

SAFFRON PROPERTIES AND CURIOSITIES

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, Alzhaimer, 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.

  • Antioxidant power There are many plant compounds inside saffron which act as antioxidants. Basically, it releases molecules that help cells by protecting them from free radicals and oxidative stress.
  • It affects mood and help fight depressionRecent studies identify saffron as an excellent aid in treating depression symptoms, and a regular consumption, 30mg per day, in many cases it could replace conventional medicines without causing any collateral disorders.
  • It can be a good help in the fight against cancerSaffron has a high content of antioxidants that help neutralize harmful free radicals. Since these free radicals are responsible for chronic diseases such as cancer, advantage of its use can easily be deduced. Some test tube studies have shown that saffron kills some cancer cells which manifest themselves especially in case of oncological problems in the colon, by suppressing their growth. The same beneficial effect gas been shown with skin, bone marrow, prostate, lung, breast, cervix. Crucin, present in high quantities in stigmas, also helps to make cancer cells more sensitive to chemotherapy treatments
  • Helps in premenstrual syndromeIt helps with classic headaches, irritability and menstrual period pain by also lowering cortisol (stress hormone) levels.
  • Aphrodisiac powersIt improves both erectile function in men and libido in women
  • It helps to reduce sense of appetite and assists in diets aimed at weight reduction. Having a strong ability to interact with mood by lowering stress hormone, it seems that regular saffron intake calms sense of hunger. Medical studies have not yet deepened correlation between spice and a sense of appetite. The result, however, is certain.

SPECIFICALLY

 

Saffron is rich in carotenoids that are found especially in plants of yellow, orange or red color such as carrots.

Specifically saffron is rich in:

– Picrocrocin that gives bitter aftertaste. Its presence is linked to the degree of drying and storage of the product.

– Safranal that gives spice its typical aroma. It is an essential oil that tends to evaporate overtime lowering the flavoring power of saffron. As soon as the flower is caught, this substance is not present but increases throught the drying process.

– Crucins that give the color to the spice. It is calculated that as a carotenoid it is present in this spice in the percentage of 8% against 0.008% of the carrot. Saffron is in first place for carotenoid content. In short, it is more effective than vitamin C or E directly intaken. The high content of active ingredients helps the proper functioning of the digestive system, because it increases the secretion of bile and gastric juices.

– Lycopene, which helps protect the arteries in the cardiovascular field. Recent studies have associated this substance with protective treatments against prostate cancer.

CONTRAINDICATIONS

As in all things that do very well in moderate doses, in massive doses saffron is even lethal. Maximum daily dose is 1.5 grams. With 20 grams you risk dying!

DID YOU KNOW THAT

If you suffer from anxiety and insomnia

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!

Do you feel down but the your diet does not grant chocolates?

Two teaspoons of honey and a pinch of saffron. No sense of guilt, lots of energy and good humour!

Do you have light or red hair but they are dull and opaque?

 In cosmetics it is used as nutritious masks along with avocado, olive oil and 2 teaspoons of honey.

PRODUCT STORAGE

Saffron should be stored in a dry place and away from sources of light and heat. It can be stored up to two years after harvest. Obviously over time organoleptic qualities lose power and product although doesn’t expire, has a lower yield than initial when it is just dried. Bright red color of the new harvest, over time, becomes darker