Over 160 plant compounds found in saffron, act as antioxidants that protect cells against free radicals and oxidative stress.
Crocin, Crocetin, Safranal, and Kaempferol are the most notable antioxidants in saffron.
Crocin and Crocetin have antidepressant properties, protect brain cells against progressive damage, improve inflammation, reduce appetite, and aid weight loss.
Safranal improves mood, memory, and learning ability, as well as protecting brain cells against oxidative stress, while Kaempferol has been linked to many health benefits, such as reducing inflammation, anticancer properties, and antidepressant activity.
Studies show that consuming a defined daily dose of saffron is significantly more effective than other prescribed medicine at treating symptoms of depression with much less side effects.
Carotenoids compounds in saffron positively affect immunity without any harmful side effects, making it a great natural immunity booster when consumed regularly.
Saffron and its compounds ively kill colon cancer cells or suppress their growth, while leaving normal cells unharmed. This effect applies to skin, bone marrow, prostate, lung, breast, cervix, and many other cancer cells.
Studies have proved that saffron have aphrodisiac properties, especially in people taking antidepressants. Consuming a defined daily dose of saffron significantly improves erectile function in men with antidepressant-related erectile dysfunction.
According to studies, regularly consuming saffron reduces appetite, body mass index (BMI), waist circumference, and fat mass while elevating your mood, which in turn reduces your desire to snack that might put you at risk of gaining unwanted weight.
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
Saffron also helps treat PMS symptoms. Studies show that in women between 20 to 45 years of age, consuming a defined daily dose of saffron treats irritability, headaches, cravings, and pain, which are the main symptoms of PMS.
Saffron has been linked to many other health benefits such as reducing heart disease risk by lowering blood cholesterol and preventing blood vessels and arteries from clogging, lowering blood sugar levels, improving eyesight in adults with age-related macular degeneration, and improving memory in adults with Alzheimer’s disease.