Did you know that the tender, crimson saffron threads are even more expensive than gold, when compared by weight?
This is because it takes approximately 165 saffron flowers to make just 1 gram of the saffron spice, and harvesting of the Saffron plant has to be done manually. Due to Saffron’s subtle honey-like taste and aroma, as well as health benefits, Saffron has been the go to seasoning for many aesthetic dishes in various cuisines around the world.
But that's not all. There is much more about this Saffron spice that is sure to amaze you.
1. May Improve Mood & Treat Depressive Symptoms
Thanks to medical research, there are various kinds of drugs and chemicals available in the market to boost your mood and treat depression. But often, the fact that is unknown is that many of these drugs result in side effects for many.
However, 30mg of Saffron daily has been found to be just as effective as these drugs in treating symptoms of mild-to-moderate depression, with fewer people experiencing such side effects(1,2,3). That is why Saffron is also often known as "The Sunshine Spice”.
2. May Reduce Appetite & Help With Weight Loss
With small amounts of regular saffron intake, you could start feeling a little more full or less tempted to snack, which eventually helps reduce unnecessary food consumption. As a result, you may find significant improvement in your body mass index (BMI) and total fat loss.
3. May Reduce PMS Symptoms
Premenstrual syndrome is one of the most common medical conditions that trouble women of child bearing age. Often, the symptoms are ignored and labelled as “common pain” women have to go through. However, limited regular intake of saffron has been found not only to possibly reduce the emotional and psychological symptoms of PMS like cravings and irritability, but also the physical symptoms such as headaches and pain(6).
4. Acts as a Powerful Antioxidant
It's no surprise how this expensive, flavoring agent is a wonder when it comes to medicinal properties. Saffron has a significant amount of crocin, picrocrocin, and safranal content that act as antioxidants and protect your cells against free radicals and oxidative stress(7). This then offers health benefits such as anticancer properties and antidepressant activity.
5. Has Aphrodisiac Properties
Saffron can also act as an aphrodisiac, that refers to foods that help boost your libido. Some scientific studies have shown that taking saffron significantly improved erectile function, libido, and overall sexual satisfaction(8).
You can have your own share of this naturally-flavored spice in our Hearty Spices Turmeric Latte Spices Mix. Combined with 6 other remarkable spices and no added sugar, our special latte mix is not just healthy but also delicious and quick to make.