Saffron or Kesar is the most expensive aromatic spice reaped from the stigma of the flowers called Crocus Sativus also commonly known as the “saffron crocus ”that emits a sweet honey-like fragrance. On average, 30 mg of Saffron can be obtained from this fresh flower. It is the dried stigma, which is a red thread-like structure plucked out from these light-purple flowers.
The reason for its hefty price is its labor-intensive harvesting method, making the production costly.
Saffron is harvested by hand. The term “saffron” applies to the flower’s thread-like structures, or stigma.
Saffron originated in Greece, where it was revered for its medicinal properties. People would eat saffron to enhance libido, boost mood, and improve memory
Intake of saffron in pregnancy provides several health benefits such as improved digestion, increased appetite, busting stress, fighting cancer, controlling blood sugar, increasing pelvic blood flow during pregnancy, etc.
1. A Powerful Antioxidant.
Saffron is rich in plant compounds that act as antioxidants, such as crocin, crocetin,
safranal, and kaempferol. Antioxidants help protect your cells against oxidative stress.
2. May Improve Mood and Treat Depressive Symptoms.
Saffron may help treat symptoms of mild-to-moderate depression.
3. May Have Cancer-Fighting Properties.
Saffron is high in antioxidants, which may help kill cancer cells while leaving normal
4. May Reduce Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) PMS Symptoms.
Eating and smelling saffron appears to help treat PMS symptoms, such as
irritability, headaches, cravings, pain, and anxiety.
5. May Act as an Aphrodisiac
Saffron may have aphrodisiac properties for both men and women and may especially help those taking antidepressants.
6. May Reduce Appetite and aid Weight Loss.
Saffron has been shown to reduce snacking and curb your appetite. In turn, these
behaviors may help you lose weight.
7. May reduce heart disease risk factors.
8. May lower blood sugar levels.
9. May improve eyesight in adults
with age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
10. May improve memory in adults with Alzheimer’s disease.
11. Easy to Add to Your Diet.