Why saffron is good for your health
Saffron is a spice made from the Crocus sativus flower, also known as the saffron crocus.
The stigmas of the saffron crocus, called threads, are dehydrated and used as a spice. Most know saffron threads as the most expensive spice in the world. Why saffron is very expensive is the first question that many ask. The harvesting and processing of the saffron spice is a very labor-intensive process. Each flower must delicately be harvested by hand. Each saffron crocus has three stigmas, which needs to be removed by hand and then dehydrated to bring out the flavor.
It’s distinctive color and strong fragrance elevate any recipe. Saffron is very versatile as well, from sweet desserts like saffron rice pudding to crispy tahdig. Or even saffron tea to help boost your mood. How about the health benefits of saffron?
Clinical research has proven the many health benefits of saffron. I want to highlight the three most evident health benefits of saffron.
The most known health benefit of saffron is the high level of anti-oxidants that it provides. These anti-oxidants in saffron help your body fight the oxidative stress and free radicals in the body. The high level of anti-oxidants in saffron also play a role in protecting your body from nervous system disorders. Saffron has therapeutical potential against Alzheimer’s symptoms due to its memory enhancing properties and anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. Another study has found that saffron has mood improving properties, which in some cases may even recommended for treating depression symptoms.