Saffron: Health Benefits, Uses And Side Effects Of Kesar

 Saffron: Health Benefits, Uses And Side Effects Of Kesar

Crocus sativus or saffron is a plant that is used to make saffron spice, food colouring and medicine. Small, bulbous, and perennial, saffron is a spice that belongs to the lily family. Did you know it is one of the most expensive spices in the world? It is because it requires such a labour-intensive process to produce: the stigmas [the part of the flower that catches pollen] must be painstakingly handpicked, cut from the white style, and then carefully laid on a sieve and cured overheat to deepen the flavour. Commonly referred to as saffron crocus, it is produced in great quantity in Iran and contains a lot of medicinal properties.

Health Benefits Of Saffron

Saffron can be a great addition to your diet due to the many health benefits it offers.

Contains antioxidants

Saffron contains plant compounds that act as antioxidants such as crocetin, crocin, etc. which helps protect your cells against free radicals and oxidative stress.

Contains cancer-fighting properties

As mentioned, saffron is high in antioxidants, which can aid in scavenging damaging free radicals. Several studies including the one published in the Pharmacognosy Research have linked chronic disorders like cancer to free radical damage.

Good for your mood

The distinct colour of saffron is not the only reason why it is called "sunshine spice." It is a spice that helps brighten the mood. Studies have shown that saffron supplements can be effective at treating symptoms of people with symptoms of depression. However, more studies are required to confirm its positive effects on mental health.

Aids weight loss

Saffron is a good addition to the diet of someone who is trying to lose weight. Nutrition Research found that taking saffron supplements helped them feel fuller, which then helped curb their appetite and help them lose weight.

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