Saffron Benefits: An Overview
crocus is a flowering plant that is usually used as a spice. However, it is also used in herbal supplements. Saffron supplements are often claimed to help with the following conditions:
Some of these benefits of saffron are more valid than others (see Does Saffron Work? for more information)
. As with many supplements, claims for the benefits of saffron are sometimes exaggerated, and these claims must be evaluated critically. Most importantly, it is essential to remember that natural products should not be used carelessly, as many can be quite toxic (for instance, many poisons are natural products).
How Does Saffron Work?
It is not exactly clear how saffron works. It seems that there are a few different active compounds in it. Early research indicates that some of these compounds may have anti-cancer activity, may stimulate the secretion of stomach acids, and can stimulate the contraction
of smooth muscles (such as the uterus). Compounds in saffron may also have some effects on lowering cholesterol