Benefits of Saffron - The "Red Gold" spice

What is saffron?

Saffron or Kesar as I knew of this magical spice growing up is used worldwide as a spice in countless dishes from savory to sweet. But what is not a very well-known fact in about Saffron is that it has multiple healing properties too. Did you know that these aromatic golden strands grow in vibrant purple flowers on crocus plants? Saffron crocus is perennial and blossoms in the fall. Saffron is harvested by hand and makes it one of the most expensive spices. 

5 incredible health benefits of Saffron

 

Helps fight depression

Saffron, also known as the sunshine spice, helps uplift mood and fight depression. The presence of ‘crocin’ in saffron contains antidepressant properties that boost memory and stimulates the central nervous system. This aromatic spice has positively impacted those suffering from depression, as research has revealed that taking a daily saffron supplement of 30 mg can help treat depression about as effectively as conventional medications, with fewer side effects. 

Helps boost immunity

Saffron is brimming with B vitamins such as B1, B2, and B6 plus vitamin C which are all crucial for a healthy, functioning immune system. It also has carotenoids which affect the body’s immune response. Saffron is packed with antioxidants, which help neutralize harmful free radicals.

Relieves Anxiety, Promotes Deep sleep

Saffron promotes healthy sleep which helps with insomnia. Having warm milk or tea with saffron before going to bed is highly recommended in Ayurveda for promoting deep sleep.

Promotes healthy skin

For any skin-related issues, saffron is one of the go-to herbs in Ayurveda. It has a high concentration of antioxidants, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties which help with blood circulation and reduce the oiliness of the skin. It hydrates and evens the skin tone and increases radiance.

Helps pregnant women

Saffron is a wonder spice for expecting mothers. Saffron is considered a pitta food (increases heat in the body) and that helps protect your body from cold and cough, especially during pregnancy when it is advisable to refrain from taking medications. Traditionally in India, it is a widespread practice for a pregnant woman to consume saffron-infused milk once a day as it helps relieve nausea, morning sickness, and dizziness. 

Ayurvedic benefits: Saffron's balancing act

Saffron is sweet, astringent, and bitter to taste. As per Ayurveda, Saffron is considered tri-doshic i.e. it balances all the three doshas - Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. It helps in the assimilation of nutrients, in dhatu (tissue) formation, and in flushing toxins out of the tissues of the body.

Saffron can be enjoyed year-round for its benefits. Saffron, not only has the outward appearance of the color of the sun but is also said to have a heat-generating effect on our body. When transitioning from spring to summer, it is common to experience Kapha accumulation in the body in the form of allergies, weight gain, and water retention. Saffron is especially conducive during this time for a gently detox and restoration. Also, during colder seasons, Saffron’s Agni helps self-propulsion, blood circulation, and strengthen the digestive fire. 

And if these amazing health benefits do not interest you then know that saffron also acts as an aphrodisiac just like dark cacao. So, don’t wait to try our amazingly flavorful and nutty Saffron infused chocolate bar.

September 02, 2020 by Alak Vasa