Saffron has strong smell and bitter taste, which stimulates the nerves, has narcotic, tranquilizer and slumberous effects. Traditional medicine experts recommend if you want to be always happy and smiling, use saffron in your foods and drink saffron tea. To get more familiar with saffron tea’s benefits to cure diseases follow us in this content.
Saffron nature is warm and dry.
Saffron is a spice that comes from the flowers of crocus sativus Linné. The crocus grows in the Middle East and parts of Europe. It’s most commonly cultivated in Iran, India, and Greece.
It only flowers for about three to four weeks during October and November. The flower produces dark red stigmas, also called threads, which are removed carefully by hand and dried. These are considered to be the saffron spice.
Saffron has also been used for culinary purposes to add color and flavor to foods, as a fabric dye, and a perfume ingredient. Like many other herbs and spices, saffron can be prepared as a tea.
Today, saffron still holds a high value as both a spice used for cooking and an alternative treatment for various health conditions. Some studies have shown the spice to be effective for a variety of uses.
Read on to learn more about its health benefits and how to make saffron tea.
Health Benefits of Saffron Tea
One of the most important benefits of saffron tea is to cure depression. Drinking saffron tea in the morning cheers you up. People who are depressed can drink this tea several times a day and enjoy its joyful effects. Generally drinking one cup of saffron tea a day recommended for relaxation.
Saffron has been nicknamed the “sunshine spice.” And that’s not just because of its red and sometimes yellow coloring. The spice is believed to have mood-boosting properties. There may be some science behind these claims, too.
One older study in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology found saffron to be as effective as the drug fluoxetine (Prozac) in treating mild to moderate depression.
A review in the Journal of Integrative Medicine examined several studies involving the use of saffron for treatment of depression in adults over 18. Researchers found that saffron did improve symptoms for people with major depressive disorder. This may make the spice a good alternative for people who don’t tolerate antidepressant medications well.
- Boosts Memory
Saffron plant contains anti-Alzheimer’s ingredients and is known as a very strong memory booster and is recommended to people who have family history Alzheimer’s.
Saffron contains two chemicals, crocin and crocetin, which researchers believe may help learning and memory function. One study published in Phytotherapy Research using mice found that saffron was able to improve learning and memory problems. This promising research shows that saffron may have potential in treating diseases that affect the brain, like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
- Cancer Prevention
Saffron plant has antioxidants and anti-cancer effects, because of its pigments. Also drinking saffron tea and using saffron in foods helps boosting immunity system, and prevent cancer.
Saffron extract has been able to inhibit the growth of various tumors in many cases.
Saffron is rich in both antioxidants and flavonoids. Antioxidants help protect the body from harmful substances. Flavonoids are chemicals found in plants that help the plant protect itself from fungus and disease.
A 2015 review in the Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine found that the chemical makeup of saffron may be effective in preventing and treating several different cancers. But researchers point out that more studies involving humans are needed.
- PMS Treatment
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) can cause a variety of uncomfortable symptoms, from mood swings to physical discomforts. Some women are affected more than others. For those who want relief but don’t want to rely on medications, saffron may be a good alternative.
A review in the Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology looked at the use of herbal treatments for PMS and the more severe premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). Both conditions cause discomfort to a woman in the one to two weeks before her period begins. Saffron is listed in the review as being an effective treatment for symptoms.
Another study in the International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology looked at saffron as a treatment for PMS symptoms in women ages 20 to 45. Researchers found that 15 mg of saffron twice daily is effective in relieving PMS symptoms.
- Facilitate the Process of Childbirth
To facilitate and accelerate the process of childbirth is another benefit of saffron which is used a lot in traditional medicine of Iran.
- Heart Health
Saffron has many different chemical components. Some of these may help to reduce blood pressure and provide protection against heart disease.
A review of studies done on rats showed that saffron lowered blood pressure. Other research using rabbits found the spice to be effective in lowering cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
One older human study in the Indian Journal of Medical Sciences found that saffron reduced the possibility that bad cholesterol would cause tissue damage. Researchers believe that the antioxidant properties of saffron might have a protective effect when it comes to heart disease.
Saffron contains large amount of Manganese, Iron, Potassium, Vitamin C and B6. That’s why using it is excellent to eliminate blood glucose, anemia, regulation of blood pressure and is effective against diseases and infections.
How to make saffron tea
Brewing saffron is different from making saffron tea. For making this tea: pour 1/3 teaspoon of saffron in a teapot of boiling water along with some amount of green tea and let it brew, then enjoy this colorful tea with sugar.
Saffron tea side effects (precautions and contraindications)
Saffron effects on reproductive system. Therefore pregnant women must avoid eating lots of saffron in pregnancy. Because eating lots of saffron in pregnancy can cause abortion.
Excess consumption of saffron is harmful to kidneys and cause loss of appetite.
It’s necessary to know researchers researches has shown: using 5 grams of saffron in one meal can cause vomiting, reduce heart rate, dizziness, lethargy, yellowish skin and other dangerous side effects which these side effects can lead to death.