Saffron, Source of Health
For centuries, Saffron has been an eminently medicinal plant. It has always been considered an ancient and very expensive medicinal remedy, reserved for those among the wealthy elite.
It is popularly recognised medicinal properties include the following:
- Saffron improves digestion, increases gastric and salivary secretions, increasing the production of bile and contributing to the prevention of gallstones and protecting the liver.
- It acts as an antispasmodic, highly valued for relief of colonic and menstrual pain.
- It is a powerful antioxidant, halting the effects of the ageing process.
- It regulates the functioning of the nervous system, improving memory, controlling anxiety and stress response and showing benefits for neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
- Acts as a painkiller, sedative and antidepressant.
- Improves sight function.
- Helps prevent cardiovascular risk, decreasing cholesterol and the signs of arteriosclerosis.
- Controls glucose levels and prevents retinopathy and diabetic neuropathy.
- It is also useful in cases of inflammation, arthritis, toothache, fever and cold sores.
Recent scientific publications on the medicinal properties of Saffron have dealt with its properties as an:
- Neural regenerator and prevention of Alzheimer’s.
- Inhibitor of pancreatic lipase.
- Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory power.
- Aphrodisiac effects.
- Positive effect on diabetes.
- Cough suppressant effect.
- Hepatoprotective action.
- Tissue oxygenation