- Taking saffron 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.
- A study conducted by Professor Silvia Bisti at ARC Centre of Excellence in Vision Science and University of L’Aquila in Italy, found that saffron may slow or prevent age-related vision loss and treat macular degeneration. Saffron is an antioxidant, but it appears to have additional qualities that particularly affect vision.
- Saffron contains compounds called crocetin and crocin that may improve memory and cognitive processing.
- Saffron can act against cancer. The action of the herb is not known yet, however, it may prevent tumors from spreading while leaving the healthy cells unaffected.
- The consumption of saffron can reduce menstrual pain.
- Moreover, saffron has positive effect against Alzheimer’s disease.
- Alfa-crocin, a carotenoid compound, which gives the spice its characteristic golden-yellow hue, has been found to have antioxidant, anti-depressant and anti-cancer properties.
- Other ingredients of saffron are lycopene, zeaxanthin, α, β and γ-carotenes, vitamin B and B2, carbohydrates and essential oil.