• This colorful spice has the most important component a-crocin, a carotenoid compound, which gives pistils their characteristic golden-yellow color. It also contains other carotenoids which acts as important antioxidants that help protect the human body from oxidant-induced stress, cancers, infections and acts as immune modulators.

  • Saffron contains many plants derived chemical compounds that are known to have anti-oxidant, disease preventing, and health promoting properties.

  • The active components in saffron have many therapeutic applications in many traditional medicines as an antiseptic, antidepressant, anti-oxidant, digestive and anti-convulsant.

  • Additionally, it is also rich in many vital vitamins, including vitamin A, folic acid, riboflavin, niacin and vitamin-c that is essential for optimum health.

  • Saffron contains antioxidants that protect the skin from free radicals and this makes it very valuable in anti-aging natural treatments.

  • During pregnancy, women are generally advised to consume saffron milk as it enhances pelvic blood flow. It also suppresses cramps due to its carminative properties. Gas and bloating during pregnancy are common problems and a glass of saffron milk can help to ease digestion and reduce flatulence. Pregnant women also experiences mood swings, anxiety and depression. Saffron stimulates the production of serotonin in the body and so a glass of warm saffron milk is perfect for the gloomy days.

  • Saffron tablets also helps in the treatment of Macular degeneration. Macular degeneration is a condition that affects the cells in the eyes thus causing vision disability. Saffron not only slows down the degeneration process but also helps to heal the damaged cells completely.

  • Saffron is an effective treatment for asthma as well as conditions of the kidney and liver. Asthma mainly occurs due to inflammation of lung tissue and the narrow airways. Saffron helps in clearing the airways since it reduces inflammation. This facilitates easy breathing that helps reduce the severity of an asthmatic attack.

  • Several essential volatile oils are composed by the saffron flower pistils, but the most important of them all is safranal, which gives saffron its pleasant flavor.

  • Saffron – a novel spice is a good source of minerals like copper, potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, selenium, zinc and magnesium. Potassium acts as an important component of cell and body fluids that helps control heart rate and blood pressure, while Manganese and Copper are used by the body as co-factors for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Iron is essential for red blood cell production.