Check out the health benefits of saffron extract
Saffron is an herb obtained from the flower of the saffron crocus (Crocus Sativus). Its therapeutic benefits have been known for at least 3000 years and since about that time it has also been used as a natural aphrodisiac. This red herb has been used for centuries as a spice and dye in some Asian countries for its health benefits. It is rich in minerals such as calcium, magnesium, selenium, copper, zinc and iron and contains high amounts of vitamins A, B2, C, folic acid and niacin. It is an expensive herb because it takes as many as 150 flowers to make only 1 gram of saffron strands.
Some of the health benefits of saffron extract include:
Helps with weight loss
Research shows that dietary supplements containing saffron can reduce the feeling of hunger between meals and can also reduce cravings and compulsive eating. This is because it can regulate the serotonin levels in your blood, which signal hunger pangs. Serotonin is a chemical in your brain.
Studies show that saffron can treat depression just as effectively as antidepressants, such as fluoxetine and imipramine. As a result, if you use saffron, you may not need to take antidepressants, which can have many side effects. It is believed that saffron can relieve depression because it is an antioxidant.
Prevents the development of disease
Studies in mice showed that saffron extract slows tumor growth. It can also help treat and prevent the development of certain cancers, such as liver cancer, skin cancer and sarcomas.
Because it has anti-inflammatory properties, you can take saffron to treat arthritis and other inflammatory joint conditions. It can also relieve the pain associated with pre-menstrual syndrome.
Delayed progression of eye diseases
Research shows that saffron extract slows macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa. It also protects your eyes from the effects of bright light.
Increases levels of energy
Saffron extract can increase your strength and energy level in your body.
Saffron accelerates the healing of cuts, burns and other internal and external injuries.
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