Saffron is the ‘king of all spices’ and rightly so! It is amongst the most expensive and sought after spices. But due to its antioxidant, anti-ageing and anti-depressant qualities it has numerous health benefits as well which, not many are aware of. A trial published in the Nutrition Journal hypothesized that the “mood improving effect” of Saffron results in reduced appetite and snacking among people.
It has anti-depressant qualities and helps insomnia – drinking warm milk with a pinch of Saffron at night has proven benefits. Along with antioxidant qualities, Saffron has additional traits that particularly help with strength and resilience of the eye tissue. This wonder spice also contains compounds called crocetin and crocin, which improve memory and help treatment of diseases like Alzheimer’s.
According to Ayurveda, going beyond all of the above benefits Saffron is also used to treat skin problems, arthritis, asthma, menstrual problems and infertility. Truly a ‘golden remedy’ for all! Just make sure to buy it from a reputable source, since its purity is often compromised to bring down its production cost.