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    Saffron University

    The Top Benefits of Saffron

    What is Saffron? 

    Saffron is the world's most expensive spice, known as "red gold", procured from the Crocus Sativus flower. Harvested by hand, each flower has three red stigmas that are carefully collected to create the most coveted spice, saffron. Although renowned for its alluring aroma, golden color and rich taste, saffron's most previous values far surpass what can be seen, smelled and tasted. Used by cleopatra as a beauty tonic, persian royals as a euphoric and the greeks to reduce drunkeness, saffron has been a treasured secret for centuries; celebrated for its ability to uplift the spirit, stimulate the mind & detox the body.  This ancient spice is now being clinically researched around the world for its many functional benefits. Follow on to peer deeper into Saffron’s top health benefits based on recent scientific studies. 

    Top Benefits of Saffron 

    1. Boosts mood

    In traditional Persian medicine, Saffron has been used to treat depression, elevate mood, increase feelings of happiness and even induce a sense of euphoria. In a clinical study, Saffron was found to be just as effective as the commonly prescribed SSRI, fluoxetine, supporting saffron’s antidepressant capabilities.

    2. Supports detoxification

    Saffron is a natural source of the antioxidant glutathione, which plays a role in helping your body to detox through supporting your liver – your body’s main detox organ. In addition, glutathione leads to cell regeneration and a healthy gut.

    3. Lowers inflammation & Boosts immunity

    Saffron has powerful anti-inflammatory abilities due to its high antioxidant, crocetin, and crocin content that work to fight pro-inflammatory cytokines.

    4. Enhances cognitive function

    Not only can saffron intake help improve short-term memory, saffron has been shown to help improve the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease to the same extent as the commonly prescribed Alzheimer's drugs, donepezil, and imipramine but without the adverse side effects.

    5. Promotes skin health

    Two well-known skin enhancing nutrients vitamin C and glutathione are abundant in saffron which work to fight free-radical damage to cells that contribute to dull skin and wrinkles.

    One study even showed that daily intake of saffron can improve mild to moderate psoriasis. Our largest organ, our skin, has a unique relationship with internal detoxification of the liver, one that can be solved with glutathione optimization.

    6. Aids digestion

    Because saffron can promote blood flow to the digestive system it can help ease symptoms of digestive distress. It also coats the gut to help soothe and calm damage and inflammation, which can be particularly useful in the cases of
    leaky gut syndrome.