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Natural wonder – saffron

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Saffron (kesar) is nature’s gift to mankind. Being endowed with a plethora of health and beauty benefits, the pure form of this golden coloured spice (the dried stigma of saffron flower) is expensive. The bright yellowish orange tinge is due to the presence of a carotenoid dye, known as crocin, which along with other bio chemicals like safranal and picrocrocin contribute to the natural wonders of saffron.

 

Saffron alleviates depression and induces sleep

Saffron contains the compound 5-hydroxytryptophan, which helps in secretion of the hormone serotonin. It is the primary chemical that enhances sleep and calms your mind while safranal combats anxiety and depression. For best results add a pinch of saffron to a glass of warm milk and have it every day early morning or before going to sleep.

 

Saffron protects against cancer

The powerful volatile oil- safranal acts as a natural chemo drug by showing cytotoxic action against tumour cells. The antioxidant property of these two chemicals further protects the cells of your body against toxin damage.

 

The golden spice restores your oral health

If you are regularly suffering from sore and painful gums, toothache, bleeding, etc, then start massaging your teeth and gums with saffron. You can also use saffron based herbal toothpaste for this purpose. The active phyto components in saffron have promising antiseptic property.

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Saffron is a medicine for arthritis

Once against the natural healing action is brought about by the chemical safranal. It is a powerful anti inflammatory agent that aids in managing arthritis pain in joints and alleviates other symptoms like swelling, soreness, etc.

 

Solves menstruation problems

If your menstrual cycle is longer than normal, you experience delayed periods and have severe abdominal cramps, then you can start taking saffron extract or saffron supplements to get over the PMS symptoms, after consulting your doctor.

 

Saffron is a natural aphrodisiac

Saffron's reputed outstanding aphrodisiac properties are connected with crocin, a natural carotenoid which improves sex drive and performance in males. Furthermore, the aroma and the beauty of the flower are also known to naturally uplift mood for sex.

 

Saffron fights off anaemia

Saffron contains significant amounts of iron which restores haemoglobin balance in your body. It’s for the same reason, your doctor might suggest you saffron supplements to get over anaemia during pregnancy. When iron deficit is moderated, other symptoms like weakness, dizziness, fatigue, etc. are also reduced.

 

Saffron for holistic nourishment

Saffron is a storehouse of minerals. It contains copper, potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, selenium, zinc and magnesium, which are all useful for proper functioning of the vital organs of your body, like heart, liver, kidneys, etc.

 

Improves vision and promotes eye health

Saffron is enriched with vitamin A and vitamin C, which are quintessentially significant for your eyes. Not only it sharpens your vision but also protects you from having age related macular disorder.

 

Beauty benefits of saffron

This is one of the most promising natural wonders of saffron and a wide range of skin care products contain saffron. Pure saffron when consumed or applied over the skin can protect you from acne, heal off blemishes and improve your skin tone. The anti-oxidants restores youth of your skin.

Note: A word of caution- Do not take saffron supplements or pills without consulting your doctor.

Written by: healthplus24.com team
Date last updated: June 22, 2014