Health Benefits and Uses of saffron

Generally known as "saffron" , and scientifically as “crocus sativus ", it is the most expensive cultivated plant on the Earth and it is also the only plant weighted by ounces and grams instead of kilos or tons. In recent years, due to demand for consuming natural additives, instead of synthetic ones, saffron consumption is also increased. Some of the saffron uses are mentioned below.:

1. Saffron and its medical properties

2. Saffron in chemicals and industry

3. Saffron for foods

Saffron and its medical properties:

In ancient times ,Saffron, like other spices was considered to possess different properties. Based on researches done recently in regards of wide usage of saffron in traditional and herbal medicine, different properties and effectiveness of its combinations has drawn the attention of a large number of researchers and medicine practitioners. Some properties of saffron are as follows: According to Avicenna (IBN SINA), the Persian polymath in his famous book “The Canon of Medicine” saffron has more than 20 healing benefits which are listed briefly below:

Treatment of Alzheimer`s disease

Reduction of neurological damages in M.S patients

Anti-oxidative compound against free radicals

Heart health

Prevention against age related vision loss

Prevention against cataract


Memory improvement

Treatment of insomnia

Improvement of epileptic convulsions

Improvement of Iron absorption and adolescent anaemia

Improvement of food digestion

Control of appetite and weight loss

Relief of menstrual discomforts

Increase of sex drive and libido

Nerve stimulation and mood change

Improvement of kidney, liver and bladder function

Treatment of bronchitis and dry cough

Treatment of fever

Treatment of gastric bloating and flatulence

Treatment of hypertension

Decreasing blood cholesterol level

Skin rejuvenation

Treatment of sunburn marks

Treatment of hair fall

Researches also indicate that saffron contains substances that have positive effects to cure some cancers in laboratory animals.

Saffron in chemicals and industry:

Saffron could be used in different industries, due to its unique characteristics. Natural colors have gained great popularity throughout the world for their safety and having no side effects on their consumers. These colors have been used in coloring industry since many years ago. Thanks to its specific compounds, Saffron is also used in health industry and producing aromatics.

Saffron for foods:

As a spice, Saffron is added to give pleasant aroma and color to foods. In recent years, due to interest of society in natural additives instead of synthetic ones in food, consuming saffron is increased as well. Saffron color and aroma have appetizing effects and it is widely applied in producing sweets, beverages and drinks (sherbets). Saffron has now a strong presence in cooking, confectionery industry, dairy industry ( ice-creams, butter, cheese several kinds of drinks, saffron tea and Energy drinks and etc) cake powders, jellies, sweets, candies, ..... to add good color and aroma to these products. Adding Saffron to Sausage, Olive margarines and shortenings is also common.