Thursday, 2 September 2010

The Health Benefits of Saffron

Saffron is the most expensive spice in the world to buy and has been used in cooking and as a food colouring since ancient times.  But did you know that taking saffron also helps to improve your health, and has also been used since antiquity as a medicinal spice?

Saffron is packed full of antioxidants and traditionally it has been used to treat depression and tumours. Saffron encourages the flow of oxygen and helps to prevent the death of the cells in your body. Perhaps the most exciting health benefit of saffron is that is can help to alleviate age-related macular degeneration or AMD, which is the most common cause of loss of vision in the elderly. Research has shown that the vision of people suffering from AMD improved after taking saffron supplements, and it is thought that the saffron has an effect on the amount of fat stored in the eyes and contributes to making the vision cells in the eyes stronger.

Read the whole  Hub to find out more about the health benefits of saffron - the costliest spice!

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