Saffron is a spice derived from the flower Crocus sativus, characterized by the red color of its stigmas and the yellow hues of the stamens. Each flower can produce up to four saffron stigmas, though usually, they produce only three, making it the world’s most expensive spice by weight.
If you want to purchase the best Spanish saffron, the major brands assigned to the Regulatory Council of the Denomination of Origin Saffron from La Mancha are Safroman, Cefrán, The Rosera, Karkon, Princesa de Minaya, Virgen de la Cruz and Vega Lezuza.
Just a small amount of this tasty and highly appreciated spice will enhance the flavor and quality of dishes like Spanish paella, Italian risotto, French bouillabaisse, Middle Eastern rice and even Jewish challah bread.
Benefits of Safron
The stigmas of the Crocus sativusv plant are widely used not only in the culinary field, but also in the world of natural medicines due to their multiple benefits. Here we give you a list of those therapeutic uses of saffron that have been proven in different scientific studies:
According to a study published in both the Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry fields, this spice can help treat mild depression, with a daily dose of 15 mg twice a day. It is considered as effective as the drug Prozac.
The antioxidant properties of saffron serve, in their usual use, to protect body tissues, as well as the brain, heart, liver, kidneys and lungs, against natural or artificial toxic compounds.
Help To Prevent Alzheimers
An active component of saffron (crocin) serves to improve the cognitive skills and memory of people with Alzheimer’s. The benefits are similar to those achieved by some drugs, but without side effects.
Relieves Menstrual Pain
Taking 30 mg saffron daily is recommended to help reduce the symptoms of PMS. In particular, improvements in mood, pain and breast tenderness were observed.
Takes Care Of The Skin
This type of saffron has been used to calm itching and irritation of the skin, and it is known to have properties that protect from the impact of the sun and maintain hydration. There are currently creams that contain saffron extract as a primary ingredient.
This type of saffron can be used to helo you diet diet as it helps to decrease your appetite. For a weight control treatment you can consume saffron capsules or extract, at a rate of 175 mg daily.■