In the last few years, a lot of Bulgarian farmers started to grow the autumn crocus, from which the saffron is extracted. Thus some of them, especially those who live in the Rhodopean mountain, try to replace the traditional growing of tobacco. Others just try to diversify their production and to find new opportunities. But do you know the main benefits of saffron and why it is among the most expensive spices in the world?
Saffron lowers appetite and protects against stress
Saffron is a natural medicine that we know very little about. Saffron crocus is rich in plant compounds that play the role of antioxidants – molecules that protect cells from free radicals. The carotenoid pigments that create the red color of saffron are called crocetin and crocin. These substances have the ability to prevent progressive damage to brain cells, protect against stress, and reduce appetite, thereby supporting weight loss. According to research, saffron has a positive effect on mood and memory. Thanks to it, brain cells are protected from oxidative stress. Kaempferol is a substance that can be found in saffron petals. It reduces inflammation, has proven anti-cancer properties, and protects against depression.
Saffron helps with infertility, psoriasis, and atherosclerosis
This is a small part of the proven healing benefits of saffron. There is no definitive scientific evidence, but many people claim that it has a positive effect on hair loss, insomnia, cough, vomiting, psoriasis, atherosclerosis, and gas. Saffron improves the symptoms of depression. Its effectiveness can be compared with taking antidepressants such as imipramine, fluoxetine, or citalopram. Saffron is extremely useful in postpartum depression. Some scientists compare its effect with that of the drug fluoxetine.
Saffron helps women with postpartum depression
Saffron has a positive effect on menstrual pain and premenstrual syndrome. Studies show that symptoms of erectile dysfunction can be improved by applying saffron. In fact, saffron is very effective in premature ejaculation and infertility in men. It also has a positive effect on people who have lost interest in sex. To restore sexual satisfaction in men and women taking medication, it is necessary to take saffron for 4 weeks. Saffron can be a valuable helper in high blood sugar levels. According to scientists, a 12-week intake of saffron prevents a rise in blood sugar.
Saffron lowers blood sugar levels
Crocetin reduces fatigue and increases muscle strength in people who exercise actively. Taking saffron for prophylactic purposes reduces muscle pain and relieves muscle fever. If saffron is taken for 6 months, it can lead to improved vision in people with macular degeneration, which appears with age. The useful herb is also used in cosmetics. The dose of saffron that is taken orally and is considered safe is 2 to 3 grams per day. Saffron is not recommended for people suffering from bipolar disorder because it can lead to agitation and impulsive behavior. Not recommended for people who have heart problems because it affects the heartbeat. It should be taken with caution by hypotensives because it has the ability to lower blood pressure.