An Expensive Spice with a Wealth of Health Benefits

Saffron is a spice derived from the flower of Crocus sativus, commonly known as the saffron crocus.

Saffron originated in Arabia, but the plant was exported to Spain in the eighth century. Today, Spain is the major exporter of the most costly spice in the world, yet saffron is well worth its price.

Besides its common uses in cooking, saffron is known to aid in the treatment of a number of health conditions. There are also claims that supplements containing saffron extract can help promote weight loss.

A “Nutrition Research” published a study in 2010; found that snacking tendencies in some overweight people were reduced with a daily dose of 176.5mg of saffron extract. Women in this study group lost a higher percentage of weight than those in the study who did not take saffron extract.

Saffron has also long been used as an effective cure for depression.  In some studies conducted in Iran, it has been seen that a 30 mg dose of saffron taken per day can help treat mild to moderate cases of depression. In fact, some of the studies indicate that the antidepressant effect of saffron could well be compared to that of Prozac.

According to research from Iran’s Roozbeh Psychiatric Hospital at Tehran University of Medical Sciences, saffron may have a role in relieving symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS)…. read more

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