Saffron is a spice that can be used for flavoring, coloring, and flavoring foods. Even though it is better known as a cooking spice, saffron is also believed to have various health benefits. Saffron is a spice; in the form of fine, thin, red thread that comes from the Crocus sativus flower.
It is one of the most expensive spices in the world because of the complicated way it is grown and harvested and requires special techniques. In addition, it takes 150 flowers to produce 1 gram of saffron yarn.
A number of studies have shown that saffron does have health benefits:
1. Counteract free radicals
Saffron contains various antioxidant components so that it can protect body cells from damage caused by free radicals. As we have seen, free radicals can cause various chronic diseases, including heart disease and cancer.
2. Lowering appetite and reducing body weight
A study of a group of women showed that women who took saffron supplements for 8 weeks had a significantly more significant reduction in appetite and weight than a group of women who did not take saffron supplements. Besides being able to aid in weight loss, saffron is also known to reduce abdominal circumference and total fat mass in patients with coronary heart disease.
4. Helping cancer treatment
A laboratory study states that saffron can reduce the growth rate of cancer cells in colon cancer. In addition, the antioxidant component in saffron called crocin can make cancer cells more sensitive to chemotherapy. Although the results of this study are promising, the anticancer effects of saffron still need to be further investigated and proven clinically in humans.
5. Relieve menstrual pain and PMS symptoms
In one study, a group of women who took a capsule containing 15 mg of saffron twice a day experienced milder physical and emotional symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) than a group of women who did not take a capsule containing saffron.
6. Lowering blood fat levels
Although further studies are still needed with a longer duration, the consumption of saffron has been shown to reduce cholesterol and triglyceride levels, as well as increase the concentration of good cholesterol or high-density lipoprotein (HDL).
7. Help relieve Alzheimer’s disease
In a study of people with Alzheimer’s disease, taking 15 mg of saffron twice a day can significantly improve cognitive function.
8. Helping the treatment of diabetes
In early studies involving samples of experimental mice, saffron can increase insulin sensitivity. However, of course this still needs further research to prove the benefits of saffron in helping treat diabetes patients. Based on various studies, consumption of 30 mg of saffron per day is sufficient to provide health benefits.
Apart from being in capsule form, saffron can also be consumed by brewing it. It is advisable to buy saffron from a manufacturer or seller with a good reputation so that its authenticity is guaranteed, and you should choose a product that already has a license from BPOM.
In general, saffron is safe to take as long as the dosage is not excessive. Some of the side effects that can arise if this spice is consumed in excess are headaches, stomach pain, nausea, changes in appetite, dry mouth, and drowsiness. In addition, consuming more than 5 grams of saffron per day has the risk of causing miscarriage in pregnant women.
7th September 2020 17:47