Coming from the flowers of the spice known as Sativus Linne, saffron is found mostly in the Middle East and Europe. Cultivated in Iran, India, and Greece, it flowers for three to four weeks during October and November. Known for its bold flavor and robust color, saffron is used for culinary purposes, fabric dye, perfume ingredients, and like many herbs, it can even be prepared as a tea!
Saffron has various health benefits. Here are some of the biggest mental and physical benefits that saffron can provide.
Nicknamed the sunshine spice, saffron is believed to have various mood-boosting properties. A study revealed that saffron extract increased dopamine levels without changing the levels of other brain chemicals, such as serotonin. Other studies indicate that saffron can have the same effect as drugs such as Prozac used to treat moderate depression. This makes saffron a great natural alternative for those who don’t wish to treat depression with medication.
Prevents Heart Disease
The several chemical components of saffron make it an effective treatment to help reduce blood pressure and fight against heart disease. Studies also show evidence that saffron reduces bad cholesterol that causes tissue damage. Saffron also triglyceride levels, and its antioxidant properties help protect against heart disease.
Protects Against Cancer
Crocin found in saffron has been found to trigger apoptosis, which means programmed cell death in numerous human cancer cells. These include leukemia, ovarian cancer, colon cancer and soft tissue sarcoma. This may also be because the active components in saffron display an inability to inhibit maligned human cells. Crocin only inhibits cancerous cells without damaging other cells and stimulates the formation of lymphocytes, which helps.
Saffron, especially in tea form, helps improve digestion. Saffron contains carminative properties that help in getting rid of accumulated gas in the stomach. Also believed to contain antispasmodic and analgesic properties, saffron helps relax the muscles and provides relief from stomach pain due to bloating.
In the market for some delicious saffron tea? Head over to PGI. From premium negin saffron in its raw form to fruity saffron tea, they offer all-natural brews with anti-inflammatory properties all over Australia. Each tea contains pure Persian saffron to enhance its natural flavor and aroma.