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has B vitamins
and dietary minerals, in particular, manganese
it may still
be controvercial, but some studies show...on Saffron
drug side effects of chemo drug and protect kidneys, aluminum toxicity,
and found to significantly reverse harmful aluminum-induced symptoms,
such as memory loss and neurological disorders.
Health Benefits of Saffron
was this also wiki? (I've mislaid the reference)
"As far back as the
writings of Galen and Hippocrates, saffron was mentioned as a medical
treatment for coughs, colds, stomach ailments, insomnia, uterine bleeding,
scarlet fever, heart trouble, and flatulence.
Healing Benefits of Saffron
The benefits and medicinal properties of this highly priced spice, make it a valuable culinary ingredient worldwide. Modern research suggests that saffron can be used as an aphrodisiac, diaphoretic [to cause sweating], carminative [ to prevent gas] and to bring on mensuration. Some other benefits are mentioned hereunder:
1. Protects against cancer:
Saffron contains a dark orange, water soluble carotene called crocin,
which is responsible for much of saffron's golden color. Crocin has
been found to trigger apoptosis [ programmed cell death] in a number
of different types of human cancer cells, leukemia, ovarian carcinoma,
colon adenocarcinoma, and soft tissue sarcoma. Researchers in Mexico
who have been studying saffron extract have discovered that saffron
and its active components display an ability to inhibit human malignant
cells. Not only does the spice inhibit cells that have become cancerous,
but it has no such effect on normal cells and actually stimulates their
formation and that of lymphocytes [immune cells that help destroy cancer
3. In delayed puberty: In under developed girls, saffron has an overall stimulant effect. A pinch of saffron crushed in a table spoon of milk is useful to stimulate hormones and bring about desired effect.
4. To increase vitality: In low libido saffron aids as a sexual stimulant and can be consumed in a dose of a pinch in a glass of milk at bed time.
5. In patchy baldness: Saffron mixed in liquorice and milk makes an effective topical application to induce hair growth in alopecia.
6. Protection against cold:
Saffron is a stimulant tonic and very effective to treat cold and fever;
saffron mixed in milk and applied over the forehead quickly relieves