Zafran - A Famous Plant

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Saffron is a famous plant. And in different countries known with different names: in Pakistan as( زعفران ) in India as (ज़ाफ़रान) in both languages Saffron is pronounced as: Zafran

 And its scientific name is Crocus sativus.

This is a pungent stigma of the autumn crocus. This one is a complicated specie to harvest. Because for growing the saffron a lot of handwork are required to pick up the flowers. That's why the yields of this plant are very low.

Saffron is mainly cultivated in Iran, 90% of the world this is grown in Iran also grown in Spain, France, Italy and parts of India. IIt contains some chemical components like:

  • ·         Picrocrocin
  • ·         Crocin
  • ·         Safranal

Which enhance its price.

Saffron uses:

Zafran is usually the world's most expensive spice.

 As a culinary spice, this is popular in their harvested region. Spain and Portugal make great use of this herbal product. Spain's national dish paella, a huge collection of meats and seafood gets its brilliant golden colour from zafran.

In India's grand Mutual cuisine, saffron is used.

Use this herbal plant with cardamom to flavor coffees in the Middle Eastern.

Saffron also used to enhance the beauty:

·         Fighting Acne: It has amazing anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial qualities that help in treating acne and breakouts. With its medical properties can help in clearing the acne pores.

·         Reducing pigmentation: It is an effective natural ingredient to lessen pigmentation, brown spot and other mark on the skin.

·         Healing scars: It is used to alleviating the scars, which helps the process of skin recovery. Applying saffron on wounds or injured skin will help to heal them faster. Saffron also helps in lightening the marks.

·         Glowing skin: Pollution, harsh weather and external factors are the reasons to make the skin dull and lifeless. With the help of regular applications of saffron can breathe life into your skin, making it radiant.

·         Improving complexion: It is greatly used in skin fairness cosmetic products. Regular use of zafran will give you a healthy and fair complexion.

Health Tips:

  • ·      It contains an excellent variety of plant compounds that act as antioxidant molecules that help to protect your cells against free radicals and oxidative stress.
  • ·         Safranal gives It a clear taste and aroma. Research shows that it may help in improving your mood, memory and learning ability and protect your brain cells against oxidative stress.
  • ·         Kaempferol is present in its flower petals. Kaempferol is a compound linked to health benefits, such as reduced inflammation, anti-cancer properties, and antidepressant activity.
  • ·         Through the help of test-tube study, saffron, and its compounds have been shown to selectively kill colon cancer cells or stop their growth, while leaving normal cell unharmed.
  • ·         It also used to remove symptoms like PMS  (premenstrual syndrome). PMS is a term that describes physical, emotional and psychological syndrome occurring before the start of the menstrual period.

Health Benefits of Saffron

Following are the important benefits of saffron:

  • ·         It helps in reducing the cancer risk.
  • ·         It may help fight inflammation and arthritis.
  • ·        It boosts vision health.
  • ·       It help in insomnia treatment.
  • ·         It promotes brain health.
  • ·        It promotes digestive health by treating human gastrointestinal issues.
  • ·        It is rich in carotenoids that help to impact immunity.
  • ·         The crocetin in the saffron indirectly regulates blood cholesterol levels and reduced the severity of atherosclerosis.

Side Effects:

  • As we know the overuse of everything is harmful. Cooking with saffron is the best way to add saffron to the diet without the risk of consuming too much of the spice.
  • Taking up to 1.5 grams of saffron per day is generally safe, but consuming too much can be toxic. Research considers that 5 grams to be a toxic dose.
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