Saffron has been used for centuries for its unique flavor and health benefits, from Mental Alertness to Neurological Support and Mood enhancement and a lot of the case it may help with stress relief.
The benefits and medicinal properties of this highly priced spice, make it a valuable culinary ingredient worldwide. Modern research suggests that saffron can be used as an aphrodisiac, diaphoretic [to cause sweating], carminative [to prevent gas] and to bring on mensuration. Some other benefits are mentioned hereunder:
Promotes learning and memory retention
Recent studies have also demonstrated that saffron extract, specifically its crocin, is useful in the treatment of age-related mental impairment.
Taking specific saffron extracts (Novin Zaferan Co, Iran) by mouth seems to improve symptoms of major depression after 6-8 weeks of treatment. Some studies suggest that saffron might be as effective as taking a low-dose prescription antidepressant such as fluoxetine or imipramine.
Boosts Brain Health
Numerous studies show saffron to be effective in treating learning and memory impairments. Saffron supplementation had also largely improved the mood of the subjects in another study. Similar extracts had even increased the production of important neurotransmitters like dopamine and glutamate. The spice had shown to improve memory as well.