Saffron is one of the oldest spices in use and it is also one of the most expensive in the world. This vivid red spice is known for its floral and honey scent. Cooks use it predominantly in foods such as bouillabaisse and paella.
Just as this spice is iconic and used in many foods in various cultures, it also has surprising health benefits that most people are unaware of. Besides being able to be used to flavor foods, as a delicious spice, saffron has powerful health-enhancing benefits.
According to Hippocrates (the father of all medicines), this spice is an effective treatment for coughs, uterine bleeding, heart problems, colds, flatulence, and insomnia.
Rich in manganese, this powerful spice contains more than 150 volatile compounds, making it one of the most powerful spices in the world.
1. FIGHT CANCER
Studies show that when used as an aqueous extract, this spice is effective in fighting cancer. The active compound crocetin in this spice helps prevent colorectal cancer cells from growing (without affecting healthy cells).
Also, this study shows that there are similar effects for prostate and liver cancer. Rich in carotenoids, this spice has powerful anti-cancer properties and experts have pointed out that it can be used effectively to prevent leukemia and breast cancer.