Saffron strengthens the immune system
In Ayurvedic, Chinese and Persian traditional medicine, saffron is known as an antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, expectorant and soothing agent.
Researches show that saffron and its components can be seen as a promising immune regulatory agent in the treatment of immune disorders. Cartinoids in saffron are not only responsible for the yellow color, they also have an anti-oxidative effect that is important for the immune system.
The medicinal properties are due to the presence of a number of volatile and non-volatile flavors. Picrocrocin, Safranal, Crocetin and α-Crocin together with lycopene, zeaxanthin, α- and β-carotenes are important bioactive components. It is also rich in essential macro and micro elements such as Ca. P, Mg, Se, Cu, Fe, Zn and Mn as well as many vitamins such as vitamin A, folic acid, riboflavin, niacin and vitamin C.
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