You've heard of such spices like saffron.Incidentally, this is one of the most expensive spices in the world, before it was worth its weight in gold, and quite successfully replaces the money was used as payment for goods.And to this day, this golden spice loved chefs and housewives, but actually saffron is more than a pleasant aroma and taste unusual.
Useful properties of saffron
Saffron - a ground stigmas small purple crocus flowers .Scientists of all countries and continents for centuries been studying saffron and they all came to the conclusion that he has a truly amazing healing properties.Its chemical composition is surprising - this is no longer in a natural product.A list of diseases that can be cured saffron longer than penicillin.Today, saffron and products created on its basis have been widely used in traditional medicine.Thousands of people acquire health due to the "gold of the crocus", get rid of long-standing problems and ailments, which could not handle the traditional medicines.
Why is it unique, you ask?The whole point of his amazing chemical composition, so rich and diverse that the range of action of saffron is very wide.
Firstly, saffron is just a storehouse of minerals and vitamins. it contained elements such as the potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, manganese, copper, selenium.These substances are very important for the normal and healthy functioning of the body, for example, we all know that iron deficiency leads to anemia, a shortage of zinc provokes skin problems and hair, copper and manganese in sufficient quantity responsible for the synthesis of antioxidant enzymes and potassium deficiency provokes heart problemsand violates the blood pressure.
B vitamins are considered capricious - they found few places and poorly absorbed, and their lack of instantly affects on health.The composition of saffron include B vitamins such as thiamine (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2), niacin (vitamin B3), folic acid (vitamin B9), as well as vitamin A and vitamin C.
Second, saffron has antispasmodic, diaphoretic and carminative action.In ancient times, they successfully treated the disease stomach and relieves pain.
Today it is used as an analgesic, antiseptic, tonic, diaphoretic and diuretic natural resources .It is proved that saffron significantly improves and normalizes the stomach and intestines, cleanses the skin from various types of rashes, acne, age spots.It also has beneficial effects on the work of the genitourinary system, restores menstrual cycle, helps to cure infertility, useful in diseases of the kidneys and bladder.
It helps cleanse the blood, helps with migraines, asthma, improves brain function and memory, and keeps a clear mind .It is believed that saffron fills a person with positive energy, giving him strength, raises the spirit, relieves depression and depression, helps to cope with psychological disorders of various kinds.
Third, in it, or rather in its essential oil (shafranale), contains a natural powerful antioxidant that is highly cytotoxic to cancer cells, and is anticonvulsant and antidepressant medicinal substance.
Saffron rich and other essential oils that have at least useful properties than shafranal - oil is linalool, cineol, pinene, p-cymene, borneol, limonene, geraniol, terpinene.
And that's not all, this saffron contains volatile active ingredients, the most important and famous of which is the α-crocin.The substance α-crocin is a strong antioxidant, anti-depressant and has a highly effective anti-cancer effects.Together with the α-crocin saffron also contains other carotenoids such as zeaxanthin, lycopene, α and β-carotenes.
Not so long ago it was found out that saffron is an effective tool in the fight against diseases of view .Its therapeutic action is based on the fact that saffron - a powerful antioxidant, it works at the genetic level and restores the balance of fatty acids in the membranes of cells.As a result, the visual cells begin to work normally, and disease retreats.Saffron gave the world the ability to see people suffering from retinitis pigmentosa or muscle degeneration, which is caused by the aging process.
As we said - saffron is often compared with the precious metal gold.And indeed the spice of resembles it - as bright and golden.This comparison saffron won not only because of its unique taste, smell and healing properties.The fact that the collection of just one kilo of this spice is necessary to process 300,000 flowers and crocus stigmata collection takes place once a year.How not to try, but the saffron produce in commercial quantities is not possible.In addition, the most useful and the scent of fresh saffron, with time it loses its flavor and medicinal properties.
saffron - a very expensive and rare spice.Because of its value, counterfeits saffron never were rare, unscrupulous vendors have always wanted to cash in on gold fragrant. Remember that the medicinal properties has only a real, fresh saffron or drugs based on it .Beware of the acquisition of low-quality or fake saffron, with a favorable outcome, you just let your money away by buying at a crazy price, such as turmeric - similar to saffron color.Still, it can be dangerous to your health.
But natural saffron has contraindications, because any means should be used in moderation and wisely.
Saffron is absolutely contraindicated in pregnant and lactating women , they should all refrain from the use of this spice in food.Also, reception of saffron in large quantities may cause poisoning - in this case shown symptomatic treatment.