Health Benefits of Saffron

 

Saffron spice is commonly referred to as ‘Kesar’ in Hindi. Kesar is an expensive spice that is in many beverages, refreshments and foods. This is possible because of its flavor enhancing properties and unique color. Not only can saffron improve the quality of food, but it has many health benefits. Here are a list of top ten health benefits of saffron.

 

Top 10 Health Benefits of Saffron

 

Aside from the pungent, spicy flavor it adds to dishes, there are many health benefits of saffron.Below is a list of  some of the ways the chemical compounds found in saffron can produce medicinal benefits of saffron.

  1. Treats Depression

The NYU Langone Medical Centre explains that saffron is good for treating depression and is comparable to fluoxetine. Its beneficial when long-term treatments are required to cure depression as it does not have any side effects.

  1. Prevents Cancer

Saffron has anti-cancerous properties which make it useful for preventing cancer. Saffron contains crocin and safranal that inhibit the growth of tumors. It is also useful for preventing colon, liver, and ovarian cancer.

  1. Helps with PMS

A study conducted in 2008 found that 76% of women who consumed saffron experienced 50% drop in PMS symptoms such as fatigue and mood swings. Saffron milk also helps relieve menstrual cramps.

  1. Relieves toothache

Saffron is used as a toothache remedy for teething babies. You can make a natural lotion by mixing honey with saffron and massage the gums with a ring coated with this antiseptic lotion. It also helps reduce soreness and inflammation in the mouth..

  1. Prevents Vision Lost

According to a study by Professor Silvia Bisti at ARC Centre of Excellence in Vision Science and University of L’Aquila in Italy, it was found that saffron can slow down vision loss associated with aging. It alters the genes responsible for fatty acid content of vision cell membranes.

  1. Insomnia 

Saffron is a mild sedative which helps treat insomnia. If you have insomnia you can try milk with a pinch of saffron in it before going to bed. This will help with insomnia and other sleep disorders.It regulates sleep hormones which leads to sound sleep.

  1. Soothes Fevers

Due to the compound crocin in saffron, its also useful for reducing fever. Have saffron milk if you’re suffering from fever and it will help lower your fever.

  1. Helps Arthritis

Saffron contributes to reducing the inflammation of arthritis and is beneficial for joint pain. Its also useful for easing fatigue and muscle inflammation in athletes, it helps the tissues to get rid of lactic acid which builds after exercise.

  1. Skin Health

Saffron is useful for skin health. It helps give radiant skin when used as a face pack. It also helps your skin look fairer and is beneficial for treating acne and blemishes while giving nice texture to your skin and improves dull and dry skin.