Saffron: The Magic Spice You Need To Be Eating More Of

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2. Surprising assortment of vitamins and minerals

Saffron also offers a surprising assortment of vitamins and minerals. This exotic spice contains zinc, magnesium, copper, potassium, manganese, iron, and more. Saffron is a source of vitamin A, which helps maintain strong vision; B vitamins like niacin, riboflavin and folic acid; and vitamin C, which of course helps strengthen your immune system and ward off illness.

 

3. Benefits which saffron offers to the brain

Then there are the benefits which saffron offers to the brain. Physicians in Ancient Persia used saffron tea as a folk remedy for depression, and modern studies have produced findings that seem to confirm saffron’s depression-fighting properties.

A study published in the Journal of Integrative Medicine found that saffron supplementation was able to improve symptoms in adults living with major depressive disorder (MDD). Another 6-week study on older adults found that 30 milligrams of saffron per day was just as effective as Prozac for treating depression. This was a small study involving only 40 adults, but the results were promising enough that scientists are calling for a larger-scale study to be conducted. More research needs to be done, but saffron may serve as a potent alternative for people who don’t tolerate antidepressant medications very well. It is for these mood-boosting reasons that saffron is sometimes referred as the “sunshine spice.”

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