by Dr. Will Cole
Used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine and renowned throughout ancient Persia and Greece, Saffron is a spice worth noting in our modern world.
Saffron is the three red stigmas of the Crocus Sativus flower, collected by hand, dried, and crushed to make the world’s most coveted spice. Saffron, a rare spice due to its annual harvest of 8 days and labor intensity, comes with a hefty price tag. However, this ancient spice is packed with tons of antioxidants and nutrients that are notable for boosting mood, enhancing cognition, and detoxifying the body.
Saffron’s story is as old as time and has been treasured throughout the ages in traditional medicine. Follow on to peer deeper into Saffron’s mysterious roots and ability to optimize health.
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
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. Reduces heart disease risk
Cholesterol has often been an indicator of heart disease risk. While sometimes that can be an over simplistic view of heart disease, saffron has been shown to inhibit the rise of both triglyceride and total LDL numbers, both of which are markers for increased risk of heart disease. In locations where saffron is a diet staple, such as Spain, reports showed overall lower rates of cardiovascular disease.
7. 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.
8. Reduces cravings
Consumption of saffron has been shown in studies to help you feel fuller for longer and more satiated to therefore reduce cravings and unnecessary snacking.
9. Hormonal health
Saffron has been found to be an effective treatment for PMS symptoms with more relief experienced over time with each new cycle.
10. Assists weight loss
Weight loss was shown to be a byproduct of increased satiety and reduced snacking from saffron intake. Saffron has also been shown to promote overall weight loss through its antioxidative properties and anti-inflammatory abilities.
While saffron is a great spice to cook with, one of my absolute favorite ways to incorporate it into my life is through SAFFORIA Elixirs. SAFFORIA allows me to get a medicinal amount of saffron with each 4 oz. bottle to really harness the health benefits of this powerful spice.
SAFFORIA also combines the power of saffron with other superfoods like black pepper, ginger, and passionfruit to make it more bioavailable and elevate its already amazing health benefits. Ginger is another anti-inflammatory and known digestive aid, and passionfruit is loaded with additional antioxidants for a synergistic trio of health amplifiers. At only 30 calories, SAFFORIA is not only nutrient-dense, it is vegan, gluten-free, preservative-free, and GMO-free with no synthetic fillers or added sugars. SAFFORIA is the perfect addition to any lifestyle and diet, and to anyone looking to boost their overall health.
Sure, you could add in a saffron supplement, but SAFFORIA’s elixirs use fine grade saffron in its natural form, not synthetic extracts. SAFFORIA is able to offer the pure fine grade saffron without the hefty price tag due to their distribution partnerships. Each elixir is specially formulated to make the world’s most coveted spice readily accessible.
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