Saffron is popularly known by other names such as Kesar, and Zafran. Saffron is known popularly for its amazing flavor and has various hidden health benefits of saffron which we are reveling now. So, check out this and know deeper.

What is Saffron?

Saffron which is commonly called “Saffron Crocus” is a saffron flower. The spice is derived from these flowers. The vivid crimson stigma and style present in the middle of the flower are called threads. These threads are collected and dried. So, let’s check the importance and health benefits of saffron.

Saffron is considered as one of the most costly spice by their thread weight available which is widely used in special occasions for adding-up the flavor. Let’s take a deeper look on health benefits of saffron now.


Health Benefits of Saffron

1. Skin: Using saffron in face masks will increase skin glow, and makes skin smooth, and radiant the skin. It even reduces pimples, wrinkles, acne, black spots, and other blemishes on the skin.

Adding saffron in various homemade natural face packs and using it once or twice a week will show permanent results. 

"Using saffron in face masks will increase skin glow, makes skin smooth, radiant the skin. It even reduces pimples, wrinkles, acne, black spots and other blemishes from the skin. " Saffron flower can also help fight aging."

2. Hair: Zafran when mixed with milk and applied to the scalp will reduce hair fall and prevents baldness (alopecia). Regular application of this will eventually increase hair growth. It even controls scalp infections and others.

3. Heart: Potassium present in saffron will control the heartbeat and protects the heart from other heart conditions. Regular consumption of saffron will keep the heart in good condition.

4. Cancer: Saffron contains carotene (crocin) present in dark orange color responsible for saffron's golden color. This carotene will trigger cancer cells and kills it which prevents different types of cancer such as leukemia, ovarian carcinoma, colon adenocarcinoma, and soft tissue sarcoma. It even helps immune cells to destroy cancer-causing cells.

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5. Arthritis: Saffron will completely prevent arthritis problems when consumed on a regular basis. It also gives clear breath and controls asthma. It is highly recommended in an ayurvedic era.

6. Neurology: When saffron is applied to the forehead, it relieves neurological problems and gives amazing benefits. Ancient Ayurveda follows this process to treat their patients.

7. Pregnancy: During pregnancy, saffron is consumed with a mixture of milk to enhance pelvic blood flow. It even reduces pregnancy cramps during childbirth. It also controls mood swings, tension, stress, and depression in pregnant mothers.

8. Digestive system: the best health benefit of saffron is, that it stimulates the digestive system. An anti-convulsant present in saffron will strengthen stomach functionality.

9. Nutritional Values: Saffron contains Vitamin C, A, E, and B2. It is even filled with anti-oxidant properties. It is filled with carbohydrates (19g), proteins (4g), and fiber (2g). The minerals present in it are copper, potassium, manganese, zinc, and iron. All these will stimulate health and keeps the body healthy for a lifetime. It is considered the best source to promote optimal health for any age group.

10. General Health Issues: Here are the general health issues with amazing health benefits of saffron, listed below.

  • It increases hemoglobin levels.
  • It is helpful for healthy cell growth.
  • It detoxifies the body with its therapeutic applications.
  • The biochemical compound present in saffron acts as an antioxidant and controls free radicals.
  • It boosts the immune system.
  • It controls blood pressure and reduces diabetics.

Storage and Selection process of saffron:

  • Fresh saffron is available in any spice market or online.
  • It is preferred to buy the dried stigma or pistils rather than choosing powder.
  • It should be in dark crimson-red color, when rubbed between hands it releases pleasant aroma with golden-yellow stains on hand.
  • Try not to buy grey color saffron or light spots present on it, usually, it indicates an inferior quality product.
  • Always store it in a cool and dark place or in the refrigerator. Do not expose to sunlight as it damages flavor and stigmas.

Saffron Caution:

Very excess dosage of saffron may cause miscarriage in pregnant women as it acts as a uterine stimulant.

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