"Saffron extract, crocin and safranal exhibited significant radical scavenging activity and thus antioxidant activity."
Saffron is an all natural ancient herbal remedy and the most expensive spice on earth.
For mind, body and soul! - Saffron: The most potent antioxidant and preventive herb in the world is now available in a tiny tablet. Saffron's medicinal purposes have been revolutionary, and now it is universally available and affordable.
Virtues of Saffron & Traditional Uses Include:
Better mood for the mind, body and soul
Anti-depressant and relaxant
Anti cancer & tumor Agent
Curing respiratory problems
Aphrodisiac for Impotency….. Natural Viagra
Treating acne and skin diseases
Used in medicines that reduce inflammation
For treating menstrual disorders (PMS)
Take a pinch or 2 tablets a day for 6 to 8 weeks for best results.
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Surprising Saffron : by Amy Paturel, MS, MPH : Article from: http://www.health.com
There's more to these delicate strands than you'd expect. New research shows saffron can boost your mood. It's the most expensive spice on Earth, and for good reason. It takes up to 75,000 handpicked blossoms each with only 3 strands of saffron to make just 1 pound of the high-maintenance ingredient. Why bother? Not only can a few threads add intense color and bold, honey-like flavor to an otherwise drab dish, but new research also shows that saffron offers plenty of unexpected health benefits, such as alleviating depression and even preventing cancer.People who got 30 milligrams of saffron a day for 6 weeks reported the same improvement in their depression symptoms as those who received 20 milligrams of fluoxetine (a.k.a. Prozac), according to a preliminary study in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology. Saffron enhances the activity of (mood-boosting) neurotransmitters such as norepinephrine and dopamine, says Shahin Akhondzadeh-Basti, a clinical neuropsychopharmacology professor at Roozbeh Psychiatric Hospital in Tehran, Iran, the oldest academic psychiatric hospital in the Middle East.And in another recent study published in Cancer Detection and Prevention, researchers touted saffron's antitumor and cancer-preventive benefits. The spice is rich in antioxidants such as crocin, a carotenoid that helps prevent the spread and growth of cancer.If you've never given saffron a shot because it's expensive ($8 to $12 per gram) or you don't know how to use it, then it's time to rethink this potent spice. For best results, opt for saffron threads rather than powder (powdered saffron can taste medicinal and may be diluted with cheaper spices like turmeric). Store it in a cool, dark place or in your freezer for up to 2 years. Toast the threads in a dry pan for a few seconds, or rub them between your hands to release saffron's aroma and oils before steeping them in hot water, advises Joyce Goldstein, a food consultant and cookbook author of Saffron Shores (Chronicle Books, 2002).For every teaspoon of saffron in a recipe, add 5 teaspoons of liquid and soak for 20 minutes. If your dish includes broth or wine, pour a little of it over the saffron before making the recipe. And to make the most of your saffron, try the following simple ideas.
(For more ideas and recipes, check out our sister publication's Web site,CookingLight.com.)
Add a few threads to fish soup, chowders, bouillabaisse, or stews when you begin cooking them.
Steam mussels with saffron and orange peels.
Stir a few threads (about ¼ teaspoon) saffron into boiling water when making pasta or risotto.
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