PROPERTIES AND BENEFITS
Saffron stigmas contain over 150 volatile aromatic substances, which make up its essential oil. It is also one of the richest foods in carotenoids (crocetin, α-crocin, picrocrocin and safranal) which give the typical yellow-gold color to dishes, and vitamins A, B1 (thiamine) and B2 (riboflavin).
In particular the safranal, is an organic compound, able to positively influence brain activity. For this reason it is used in phytotherapy in the treatment of mood disorders, such as sedative and antispasmodic with anthelmintic activity, effective against car sickness. In fact, its active ingredients regulating the production of certain brain neurotransmitters responsible for mood (such as dopamine, noradrenaline and serotonin), are able to calm anxiety.
In addition to making the most diverse dishes tasty and tasty, saffron powder is a treasure trove of precious substances for the body: as saffron is one of the most powerful antioxidants, it counteracts free radicals, responsible for accelerating cellular aging. Furthermore this spice promotes digestive functions, stimulates the digestive system, increasing the secretion of bile and gastric juices. This is why it is also widely used in the preparation of digestive liqueurs.
Moreover, in recent times, saffron is proving to be a very effective natural remedy even for many disorders related to the modern lifestyle such as stress, depression. Recent studies have in fact shown that saffron has properties and benefits on the part of the nervous system that regulates the sensory receptors of the movement of muscles and joints, thus exerting a calming, analgesic and antispasmodic action, which induces a state of muscular relaxation .