Occasionally, we forget about the power of plants. Many herbs have immense therapeutic benefits without the nasty side effects of certain pharmaceutical drugs.
Saffron is the world’s most expensive spice. The plant comes from flowers that bloom for only one week a year.
At a price of £1,500 to £8,000 a pound, saffron can cost up to £30 for a few teaspoons.
But the good news is just a small pinch will get you far and the nutritional benefits it imparts are as dramatic as its vibrant colour.
The benefits of consuming Saffron:
1. Lifts Mood – Many studies have proven that saffron is as beneficial for the treatment of depression as some antidepressant medications.
2. Anti Cancer – Not only does saffron have anti tumour properties but it has also been proven to protect the body against the harmful effects of certain chemotherapy drugs.
3. Anti Inflammatory – Inflammation plays a role in almost all health conditions. Saffron can reduce inflammation in the body, particularly for those under the umbrella of metabolic syndrome (high cholesterol, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, obesity).
If you’re not yet familiar with saffron’s earthy, pungent flavour, try a generous pinch in your next meal. You may find saffron to be your new culinary favourite. It can also be steeped into a tea or taken as a supplement.
Author – Alexandra Falgate, BSc, ND, Resident Naturopath for Amchara and Partner at Health is Wealth Group.