Benefits of SAFRAN a natural remedy against anxiety but not only! info in 5 min
You will find in this Youtube video and in this health and well-being blog article :
- The main constituents of saffron
- The benefits of saffron on our health
- Saffron against muscular pains
- Saffron to sleep and restore a good sleep
- The effects of saffron on depression and anxiety
- How to use saffron in an optimal way ?
- What is the origin of saffron ?
- Where is saffron found ?
- Precautions to take with saffron
Saffron is a very tasty spice full of benefits, it is one of my favorite spices!
Saffron is rich in vitamins A, C, E, B and especially B6, but also in carbohydrates (60%), lipids (5%), proteins (11%) and fibres (4%).
This spice also contains trace elements and minerals such as iron, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper and manganese.
Saffron is mainly used in Mediterranean, Oriental, Persian and Indian cuisine.
Saffron has antioxidant, soothing and relaxing properties. It favors the relaxation of muscles, it decreases cramps and muscular pains, it allows to fight against fatigue, stress and anxiety.
The consumption of saffron is beneficial to reduce the pains linked to the periods, the sexual disorders and to facilitate the digestion by stimulating the hepatic activity (liver).
Saffron is rich in antioxidants such as flavonoids and carotenoids like zeaxanthin, lutein, alpha and beta-carotenes, crocin and crocetin. These active substances allow to fight against the accelerated ageing of the cells and the risk of appearance of various cancers.
The active ingredient of saffron is safranal, a volatile pigment which gives it its very characteristic smell. It is beneficial for the eye and in particular for the retina (place where the image of an object perceived by the eye is formed). It can be used in prevention of cataract and AMD.
Saffron also helps to fight against depression, it helps to improve the quality of sleep, it is very beneficial to the nervous system and the brain (neuroprotective effect).
Saffron helps to protect the cardiovascular system and to regulate glycemia (blood sugar level) in people suffering from diabetes.
Nevertheless, one must be careful not to consume saffron outside of a reasonable diet for pregnant women (risk of abortion), for women who are breastfeeding and for children under 12 years old.
It is also important to know that saffron can interact with some antidepressants and anticoagulants such as warfarin or coumadin.
Saffron should be consumed in very small quantities 0.01 to 0.02 g per person per day. It can be used as a seasoning in various dishes, such as rice or quinoa, in yogurt or as an infusion with hot water.