Saffron contains an impressive variety of plant compounds that act as antioxidants — molecules that protect your cells against free radicals and oxidative stress.
Snacking is a common habit that may put you at risk of gaining unwanted weight. Saffron may help prevent snacking by curbing your appetite.
Studies have shown that saffron may have aphrodisiac properties — especially in people taking antidepressants.
Saffron may lower blood sugar levels and raise insulin sensitivity — as seen in test-tube studies and mice with diabetes.
That’s not just due to its distinct color, but also because it may help brighten your mood.
Saffron is high in antioxidants, which help neutralize harmful free radicals. Free radical damage has been linked to chronic diseases, such as cancer.
Animal and test-tube studies indicate that saffron’s antioxidant properties may lower blood cholesterol and prevent blood vessels and arteries from clogging.
Saffron appears to improve eyesight in adults with AMD and protect against free radical damage, which is linked to AMD.
Saffron’s antioxidant properties may improve cognition in adults with Alzheimer’s disease.