21 uses, benefits and side-effects of Saffron.

  Raj Kumar
  karma level 71238

1. Disease Prevention : Saffron contains the compounds crocin and crocetin that promote learning, memory retention, recall capacity, and are beneficial against fever,  flu and cold. It protects the central nervous system from oxidative stress keeping Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s at bay. It also helps in protecting against kidney,  liver, and urinary bladder related diseases.

2. Anti Depressant : Saffron contains 5-hydroxytryptophan, which boosts blood flow to the brain, and produces serotonin, which helps in elevating the mood, reducing  depression and anxiety.

3. Digestive properties : Saffron improves blood circulation in the digestive system, coats the membranes of stomach and colon, soothing gastrointestinal colic and  acidity. Saffron is considered as a blood purifier and anti convulsant.

4. Maintains Heart Health  : Potassium helps maintain blood pressure and keeps heart diseases at bay. Antioxidants in saffron help in lowering cholesterol and  triglyceride. Crocetin helps reduce lipoproteins in the blood stream, aids in oxygen distribution and blood circulation, and removes plaque from the arteries  preventing atherosclerosis.

5. Fights Anemia : Abundant iron in saffron is critical for hemoglobin formation and it is a co-factor in the red blood cell production.

6. Treats Acne and Blemishes : The antifungal and anti-bacterial content of saffron makes it effective for the treatment of acne, blemishes and blackheads, and  freshens up dull skin, erases dark circles under the eyes, exfoliates your skin, stimulate blood circulation and prevents wrinkles.

7. Combats Hair Loss : Saffron, mixed with licorice and milk, and applied to bald spots combats combat hair loss (alopecia) and promotes hair growth.

8. Aphrodisiac : Saffron benefits men’s vitality by healing impotency, premature ejaculation, erectile dysfunction, assisting in maintaining a healthy sexual life.

9. Respiratory Soother : Saffron is used to treat asthma, cough, whooping cough (pertussis), and to loosen phlegm (as an expectorant). Saffron helps in clearing the  narrow airways and reduces lung inflammation, preventing and reducing the severity of an asthmatic attack.

10. Soothes Menstrual Cramps and PMS : Saffron reduces pain severity and duration during the menstrual cycle, lowers the level of cortisol and stress, and increases  estrogen level, in women suffering from pre menstrual syndrome (PMS).

11. During Pregnancy : Saffron enhances pelvic blood flow, suppresses cramps, gas and bloating, and controls mood swings, anxiety, and depression through the release  of serotonin hormone, during various stages of pregnancy. Saffron tea suppresses nausea and morning sickness.

12. Fights Athritis : Saffron has anti inflammatory properties that provide relief from joint pains, eases fatigue and muscle inflammation, and reduces bone erosion by  helping the tissues to get rid of lactic acid which gets built up after strenuous exercise.

13. For Insomnia : Saffron is a mild sedative used to treat insomnia and depression.

14. Improves Vision : Saffron contains carotenoids that protect against aging diseases like macular degeneration and cataracts, shields against harmful sun radiations,  and regulates the fatty acid of the cell membrane in the eyes.

15. For Strong Gums : Massaging the gums with saffron helps strengthen the gums, reduces soreness and inflammation and swelling in the mouth and the tongue.

16. Anti Cancer : Crocin and safranal in saffron inhibits the growth of tumour in the body through their anti-carcinogenic and anti-mutagenic properties. The  carotenoids in saffron possess chemo preventive properties against colon, liver and ovarian cancer.

17. Saffron Tea Benefits : American saffron tea acts as a natural cleanser of toxins, treats stomach ulcers and lacerations, psoriasis, intestinal disorders, negates  gas accumulation in the stomach and intestines, thus preventing gastritis. 

Some side-effects related to Saffron.

18. Allergic reactions : Though uncommon some people might experience reactions like dry mouth, anxiety, dizziness, drowsiness, nausea, change in appetite, and  headache.

19. Poisoning : Saffron in huge doses is UNSAFE and can cause poisoning, yellowing of the skin, eyes, and mucous membranes; vomiting; dizziness; bloody diarrhea;  bleeding from the nose, lips, and eyelids; numbness; and other serious side effects. Doses of 12-20 grams can cause death.

20. Pregnancy : Avoid doses greater than what normally is found in food. Larger amounts of saffron can make the uterus contract and might cause a miscarriage. Ideally  avoid it completely.

21. Bipolar disorder : Saffron might trigger mood swings like excitability and impulsive behavior (mania) in people with bipolar disorder. Strictly prohibited for  patients suffering from this condition.

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