The amount of allowable saffron for humans:
Consumption of three grams of saffron (pure Iranian saffron) per month is suitable for each person, and using more than five grams of saffron in one meal has side effects such as dizziness, decreased heart rate and nausea.
Excessive consumption of saffron is not recommended for pregnant women and may lead to miscarriage in the first months of pregnancy. Also, Excessive consumption of saffron during menstruation increases anxiety. Although it is not kind of possible for 1 person to eat 5 grams of saffron for one meal, one should know the possible effects of what he or she is consuming.
Consumption of saffron during menstruation:
On the other hand, using sufficient amount of saffron during menstruation has some positive effects. The main and most important compounds of saffron are the yellow, bitter and aromatic compounds. They are effective in treating menstrual disorders and depression. Proper consumption of saffron, which contains yellow compounds (crystalline derivatives), can lead to the production of serotonin in the brain. This will control and treat menstrual disorders and depression. The yellow compounds of saffron (crystalline derivatives) dissolve well in water. Picrocrocin is one of the bitterest compounds and is the most important ingredient in saffron essential oils.
Saffron has invigorating and regulating properties, so that brewing saffron and consuming 2 to 3 cups every day in 3 times has important effects in the treatment of menstrual disorders. Saffron stimulates menstruation and relieves back pain caused by menstrual disorders.
The reason for premenstrual and depressive symptoms:
The cause of premenstrual and depressive symptoms is changes in the activity of serotonin. The saffron affects the chemical serotonin in the brain.
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that plays an important role in sleep, mood and behavior modification, appetite, and so on.
The binding of serotonin to some stimulating cells indicates depressive symptoms. In addition, biological conditions and certain factors such as reproduction, genetic hormones, pregnancy, childbirth and menopause affect depression.
In the process of depression in the brain, we are facing the shortage of serotonin concentration. People with low levels of serotonin in their brains turn to more colorful foods (saffron) to improve their mood. This will increase serotonin in the brain, thereby reducing depression.
It is worth mentioning that saffron (especially pure Iranian saffron) has a lot of great properties for the health. You may refer to the page About saffron too see the great properties of the red gold.
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