Benefits of Saffron

Fight Cancer

Saffron has been shown to cause apoptosis in several cancer cells, which is recognized as one of the key components of any type of cancer control or cancer prevention. In fact, all three major components of saffron, croquet, and safranal strongly demonstrated the properties of apoptosis. (reference)


Diabetes Treatment

Anti-diabetic drugs are needed to regulate your blood sugar in challenging conditions. The potential effects of saffron spice treatment have been documented in the past two decades. There is evidence that saffron has potent anti-inflammatory properties (reference).


Arthritis Treatment

An Italian study says crocetin in saffron can improve cerebral oxygenation, which facilitates arthritis (reference). However, it should not be used by older patients with liver, kidney, or bone marrow disorders – and not by pregnant women.


Improve Vision

A Spanish study states that natural compounds of saffron can help prevent vision loss and retina degeneration. Safranal, one of the compounds in saffron, preserved the photoreceptor morphology (an eye mechanism that examines the forms of things you see), the visual response, and the capillary network (reference).


Helping to Treat Asthma

Based on reports saffron has been used to treat asthma since ancient times. Traditional medicine uses saffron for this purpose (reference). However, research is limited. Consult your doctor for more information.


Improve Digestion

Saffron was found to play a key role in promoting digestion and treating digestive disorders through antioxidant effects and anti-inflammatory and radical (reference) properties. It also shows the potential for treating peptic ulcers and ulcerative colitis.


Good During Pregnancy

According to an Iranian study, saffron can increase cervical readiness during pregnancy. It also has the greatest impact on the contraction of the uterus and the loss of the walls. The number of cesarean sections was also lower among women who received saffron (reference).
 Please talk to your doctor about this, and take their advice.


Improved Safety and Energy Levels

Carotenoids in saffron can be safely impacted. One study has shown that overdoses of saffron (100 mg of saffron) per day can have temporary immunogenic activity without harmful effects (reference). Leaf extract of saffron also shows an increase in antibody response in rats (reference).
 Saffron also improves the energy level, but there is no clear evidence for it. Please talk to your doctor about this, and take their advice.


A Natural Powerful Antioxidant

Saffron contains a variety of herbal compounds that act as antioxidants, molecules that protect cells against free radicals and oxidative stress.
 Notable saffron antioxidants include crocin, crocetin, safranal, and kaempferol (reference).
 Crocin and crocetin are carotenoid pigments and are responsible for saffron’s red color. Both compounds may have antidepressant properties, protect brain cells against progressive damage, improve inflammation, reduce appetite, and aid weight loss. (reference) Saffron also enhances the energy level, but there is no clear evidence for it. Please talk to your doctor about this, and take their advice.


Cures Insomnia

Studies proved saffron can be a treatment for insomnia. Other studies show that saffron helps in the treatment of depression and insomnia associated with the disorder (reference).