The benefits of saffron may include:
The majority of the health claims surrounding saffron relate to its high levels of specific antioxidants.
- The main active antioxidants include:
- Other compounds include kaempferol and crocetin.
These antioxidants help fight against oxidative stress and free radicals in the body.
As oxidative stress and free radicals play a role in the development of many health conditions, including cancer and heart disease, antioxidants such as these may help protect a person’s health.
- Preventing nervous system disorders
The antioxidants in saffron may play a role in protecting the body from disorders affecting the nervous system.
Compounds in saffron, such as crocin, appear to reduce inflammation and oxidative damage in the brain, which may lead to beneficial effects.
A study in the journal Antioxidants noted that saffron might theoretically help with Alzheimer’s symptoms due to both its memory-enhancing properties and its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.
People with mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s who took saffron for 22 weeks had cognitive improvements that were comparable with those of people who took the drug donepezil, and they also experienced fewer side effects.
While this is early evidence to support the medicinal use of saffron, researchers suggested that future clinical trials could help back up these claims.
- Boosting mood
There is also growing evidence that saffron may help improve mood and be a useful addition to treatment for depression.
A study in the Journal of Behavioral and Brain Science found that a saffron extract increased dopamine levels in the brain without changing the levels of other brain hormones, such as serotonin.
Other research suggests that taking 30 milligrams (mg) of saffron each day could cause similar effects as drugs that treat mild-to-moderate depression, such as imipramine and fluoxetine.
Although some people recommend using saffron as a complementary therapy for improving mood, it is too early to recommend it for treating depression symptoms.
- Promoting libido
Saffron may also increase sex drive and sexual function in both males and females.
Researchers reviewed the effects of saffron on male infertility problems and noted that while it had a positive effect on erectile dysfunction and overall sex drive, it did not change the viability of the semen.
An older study from 2012 looked at the effects in women who had reported experiencing sexual dysfunction due to taking the antidepressant fluoxetine.
Women who took 30 mg of saffron each day for 4 weeks had increased sexual desire and vaginal lubrication compared with those who took a placebo instead.
- Reducing PMS symptoms
Saffron may also act to reduce the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
The authors of a 2015 review looked at the research on saffron and symptoms of PMS. Women between the ages of 20 and 45 years who took 30 mg of saffron each day had fewer symptoms than those who took a placebo.
Additionally, women who simply smelled saffron for 20 minutes had lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol in their system, which may also contribute to a reduction in PMS symptoms.
- Promoting weight loss
There is also some evidence to suggest that saffron may help promote weight loss and curb the appetite.
A study in the Journal of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Research found that taking a saffron extract helped people with coronary artery disease reduce their body mass index (BMI), total fat mass, and waist circumference.
People who took the supplement also had a reduced appetite compared with those in the placebo group.
- Side effects and risks
In general, the consumption of saffron carries little risk. Cooking with saffron is a great way to add it to the diet without the risk of consuming too much of this spice.
Taking up to 1.5 grams of saffron each day is generally safe, but eating too much can be toxic. Researchers consider 5 g to be a toxic dose.
|Principle Nutrient Value/100g Unit|
|Energy 310 Kcal 3.1 Kcal|
|Carbohydrates 65 .37 g 0.65 g|
|Protein 11.43 0.11 g|
|Cholesterol 0 0|
|Total Fat 5.85 g 0.05 g|
|Dietary Fiber 3.9 g 0.03 g|
|Sodium 148 mg 1.48 g|
|Potassium 1724 mg 17.24|
|Calcium 111 mg 1.11|
|* The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a Nutrient in a serving of food contributes
to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
This saffron is long and thick with deep red stigmas making it the most luxurious saffron
in the market but it is different. Its color is brighter than other types of saffron. It dries
with Freeze Dried technology, so it has a remarkable quality and is one of the most
luxurious saffrons in international markets.
Visual analysis: Red saffron without yellow part and lighter than other saffron.
Laboratory analysis (ISO 3632):
|Crocine||Safranal||Picrocrocin||Humidity||Total Ash||Non Solution Ash in Acid|
|ISO 3632-1 Cat. I||>190||20-50||>70||<12%||<8%||>1%|
Crocine: compound that gives colour to saffron and used as indicator of its quality.
The higher the number is: more colour, flavor and aroma will bring to your dishes and higher
health benefits for your body. A high level also indicates the date of the harvest: last crop hold
higher values as saffron qualities diminish significantly after 2 years of its harvest.
Picocrocine: compound responsible for the bitter taste.
Safranal: compound responsible for the aroma, is an effective anticonvulsant and
antidepressant and shows high antioxidant activity (cytotoxicity against cancer cells).
Humidity: Moisture decreases the flavor, the aroma and the shelf-life.
Flower waste: floral waste consists of the parts of the saffron flower which contain none of
Tins: 0.5g | 1g | 2g | 3g | 4g | 5g | 10g | 20g| 50g | 100g | 1kg
Glass jar: 2g | 3g | 4g | 5g | 10g | 20g| 50g | 100g
Bulk: 500g | 1kg (Bag & Zip bag)
Zip Bag: sealed to keep saffron freshness.
|Latin Name||Crocus Sativus|
|Color||Red saffron without yellow part and lighter than other saffron|
|Brand Name||NAYEB foods (from Iran to the Globe)|
|Part||Only Dried Stigmas|
|Source of Saffron||Iran, the world’s largest producer (by FAO & World Bank)|
|Place of Origin||IRAN|
|Delivery time||5 banking days after Order Confirmed|
|Shelf Life||24 months|