Impressive Benefits of Saffron
Saffron is one of the most valuable culinary ingredients in the world. This special spice has been around for a thousand years. Saffron is so expensive because it is a labor-intensive crop. It is harvested by hand from the crocus flower. The flower has three delicate red stigmas in the center which are hand-picked, separated, and placed on a riddle, and cured overheat to amplify its flavor. Saffron thrives best in warm, humid climates.
Other than its unique flavor, the health benefits of saffron make it to highly-priced spice.
Macular degeneration is an age-related condition caused by degeneration cells in an area of the eye known as the macula. Saffron is high in Cronin that can help prevent cell damage and delay age-related decline to the eye cells. Saffron contains Antioxidants which has anti-aging properties, help neutralize dangerous free radicals and prevent heart disease and cancer; thus, keeping the skin supple and radiant. Topical application of saffron can also whiten the skin, prevent acne, and fade scars, dark spots, and other skin blemishes. Saffron also is high in vitamin B2.
This spice can increase sexual desire and reduce sex-related pain. Studies indicate that saffron help improves erectile function, prevent infertility and premature ejaculation likewise. Saffron is a powerful aphrodisiac for women due to its impact on boosting their libido. It is also known for its efficiency in reducing appetite and weight loss. Studies show that saffron may prevent snacking and gaining unwanted weight.
Various studies have shown that stigmas of crocus flowers have similar mood benefits as anti-depressant drugs. Saffron contains crocin and safranal which regulate neurochemicals such as dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine and help reduce symptoms of depression without conventional psychiatric medications. According to several studies, taking 30 mg of saffron per day in women can reduce PMS symptoms.
It is also shown that since ancient time’s people have been using saffron to relax the mind and promote peaceful sleep. Moreover, saffron improves memory and learning ability. Crocin helps prevent age-related mental degradation such as Alzheimer’s disease. Saffron contains a high amount of potassium and magnesium which constitute one of the health benefits of saffron. This amazing organic composition of saffron makes it a powerful preventative against cancer and helps maintain optical DNA synthesis and replication of cells.
How to use saffron
Saffron can be used in a wide variety of delicious stew dishes, desserts , and sweets like Saffron ice cream, saffron tea, saffron rice pudding (also known as Shole Zard), saffron cake, saffron drinks.
The best way in preparing saffron is brewing. Crush saffron strands you intend into a fine powder using spice grinder. Transfer a pinch of the powder into a small bowl (for most recipes a pinch of saffron powder is enough), add 2-3 tablespoons of hot boiled water, soak the powder in water (depending on the recipe, you can also soak the powder in other liquid like milk, broth or stock). For drawing out the maximum color, smell, and wonderful flavor, give it a gentle stir, cover the small bowl or the small jar with a lid and let it bloom for five to six minutes. Keep any leftover saffron in a covered small jar in a dark, cool, dry place your amazing saffron is now ready. You can now add it to whatever savory food you are preparing.
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