In this article, we are going to talk about the medicinal value of saffron.
What is medicinal value of saffron for the treatment of diseases?
Saffron, also known as golden spice; Gives our food a special taste, color and smell. Research has shown that this expensive spice as an antioxidant can help improve immune function and boost energy levels. Join us to know the health benefits and medicinal value of saffron.
What is saffron?
Saffron is a plant with the scientific name of Crocus sativus. It is known as the golden spice because of its yellow color and high price. Saffron has been used for more than 4,000 years to flavor the foods. Today, more than 90% of the world’s saffron is produced in Iran.
Saffron has a variety of chemical compounds that are the main cause of taste, color and properties.
In history, it has been seen many times that saffron has been used as a medicine to treat the following diseases:
Anemia and heart failure
Saffron also has analgesic properties that are used as a natural painkiller.
The nutritional value of saffron
One tablespoon of saffron has the following nutritional value:
Carbohydrates 1.37 grams
Fat 0.12 g
Protein 0.24 g
Vitamin C: 1.7 mg
Vitamin B9: 0.002 micrograms
Vitamin B6: 0.02 mg
Vitamin B3: 0.03 mg
Vitamin B2: 0.01 mg
Iron: 0.23 mg
Magnesium: 6 mg
Manganese: 0.6 mg
Copper: 0.01 mg
Phosphorus: 5 mg
Potassium: 36 mg
Kaimferol: 4.3 mg
Chemical compounds of saffron
Earlier in the article we examined the compounds of saffron. Now we take a closer look at the chemical compounds of saffron:
There are more than 150 active chemical compounds in this golden spice, the most important of which are responsible for the taste, flavor, smell. More importantly the effect of saffron are:
Carotenoids: A group of chemical compounds in plants that are responsible for the color of their leaves and petals. Also, these compounds are responsible for absorbing light in plants.
Crocetin and crocin are carotenoids that produce the yellow and red color of saffron.
Other important carotenoids in saffron include lycopene, zeaxanthin, and beta-carotene. Lycopene, zeaxanthin, and beta-carotene.
Essential oils (Volatile oils): Oil obtained from plants, which is also called essential oil or fragrance.
-Picrocrocin: The main responsible for the taste of saffron
Safranal: The main responsible for the aroma of saffron
Saffron is also a rich source of kaimferrol, a type of yellowing molecule that produces yellow pigments, as well as antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-cancer properties. This substance may be effective in treating some diseases:
Type 2 diabetes
Prevent premature aging
Scientific properties and medicinal value of saffron
The chemical compounds of saffron are responsible for its effective properties for the health of the body. Saffron increases the level of proteins necessary for body growth and blood pressure. Contributes to healthy brain activity such as brain-derived neurogenic factor (BDNF), vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF).
It also has antioxidant properties that scavenge free radicals that may damage proteins and DNA inside cells. This miracle spice restricts the growth of amyloid beta proteins that lead to Alzheimer’s.
In addition, it inhibits the growth of acetylcholinesterase enzymes and reduces the level of acetylcholine in the body, which can cause problems for neurotransmitters.
The properties of saffron are not limited to these and you should know that golden spice can reduce cortisol levels and increase estrogen levels; Which leads to the health of the bones of the body.
Many of the healing properties of saffron are due to the presence of crocin molecule in the composition of this spice. Digesting crocin is not an easy task for the body, which is why the human digestive system converts it to crocin.
Crostin increases the production of the happy hormone serotonin in the brain, which is why saffron can be used to treat depression.
Safranal: Another chemical present in golden spice compounds is:
– Increases blood pressure and regulates heart rate.
– It is anti-allergic and stops the activity of histamines in the body.
Disrupts the activity of acetylcholine in the body.
Eliminates anxiety and stress.
Saffron also has antiviral properties and prevents viruses from entering the body’s cells.
If you are suffering from pain in periods, you may read this paper. If you want to grow your own saffron at your home, we recommend you this paper. If you want to get familiar with very delicious Iranian saffron foods, you may also visit our kitchen.
- Caution: Pleas pay attention to the use of saffron during pregnancy. If you are pregnant, please read this paper before using the saffron.
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