We’ll tell you how saffron plays an important role in preventing pain and cramps during periods and how to use it to see effective results.
Saffron is an expensive spice that can be acquired from a flower commonly known as the saffron crocus. It contains minerals and vitamins that are beneficial to our health. These include Vitamins A, C, vitamin B-6, Vitamin B-12, riboflavin, thiamin, folate, niacin, magnesium, sodium, iron, potassium, zinc, and phosphorus. Aside from these, it also has more than 150 volatile compounds which include antioxidants, crocin, carotenoids, safranal, and other biochemicals.
Due to its unique organic composition which can boost overall health, it has been widely used to treat different health issues.
PMS and Saffron
In a study published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, results showed that saffron can be an effective remedy in relieving symptoms of premenstrual syndrome or PMS.
In a separate 3-month study conducted, 180 women, aged 18 to 27 years old and suffering from menstrual cramps were divided into three groups:
1st group – received a steroidal medicine
2nd group – received a herbal remedy containing 500 milligrams of saffron
3rd group – received a placebo
At the end of the study, a significant reduction in the intensity and duration of pain during the periods were observed in groups taking saffron and non-steroidal medicine. This is in comparison with the third group taking a placebo. Results of this study were published in the Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health.
The analgesic and antispasmodic properties of saffron were the reasons behind its ability to relieve pain, ease the blood flow, stimulate menstruation, and work against spasms which can be experienced during periods.
To prevent menstrual cramps, we simply have to take a thin strand of saffron and break it into smaller pieces. Mix it with honey and consume with warm water. Another way is by boiling a cup of milk and add a teaspoon of powdered saffron. Simmer for 2 minutes and add some honey for a tasty and soothing tea. Drink the tea 3 days before menstruation and continue until the bleeding lasts.
Other Health Benefits Of Saffron
Diabetes, one of the most dangerous conditions in the world, can effectively be managed by saffron which is rich in manganese, a mineral that helps the body optimize blood sugar levels.
Once our blood sugar, glucose levels, and insulin are regulated we can lower our risk of Type II diabetes.
A Powerful Antioxidant
Found in saffron are an impressive variety of plant compounds that acts as antioxidants that protect our body against the harmful effects of free radicals and oxidative stress. Some of these antioxidants are crocin, crocetin, safranal, and kaempferol. They aid in weight loss, protect brain cells against progressive damage, reduce appetite, and improve inflammation, brain, memory, and learning, and a lot more.
Improves Nerve Function
Saffron contains high amounts of vitamin B6 which help the nervous system run smoothly. It also prevents some deadly and dangerous disorders that arise from poor nervous system function.
Protects Heart Health
Generous amounts of potassium are present in saffron. Potassium acts as a vasodilator. It can effectively lower pressure on blood vessels and arteries as well as the level of stress thus reducing blood pressure and relieving strain on the cardiovascular system. This can help prevent heart attacks, stroke, and atherosclerosis.
Have Cancer-Fighting Properties
Due to its significant amounts of antioxidants, saffron can help neutralize the dangerous effects of free radicals that have been linked to chronic diseases like cancer. Studies have found that it can kill cancer cells while living normal cells unharmed.
Aid in Weight Loss
Various studies have found that saffron can help curb our appetite and prevent us from snacking which in turn, reduces our body mass index (BMI), waist circumference, and total fat mass.
Improves Bone Strength
Saffron contains minerals and organic compounds that help optimize our body’s absorption of calcium, which is needed for improving bone mineral density and preventing the onset of osteoporosis and other degenerative age-related diseases.
Improve Memory In Adults With Alzheimer’s Disease
Saffron’s powerful antioxidant properties can possibly improve cognition in adults with Alzheimer’s disease.
Because of its high concentration of beneficial nutrients like vitamin C, saffron can help stimulate the immune system’s production of white blood cells, the body’s first line of defense against illness. Vitamin C is also needed in collagen production which is needed for wound healing, tissue production, blood vessel repair, and muscle growth.
Word of Caution
Make sure you are not consuming saffron in large amounts. Just a strand per day is enough. Consult a doctor if you are a lactating mother. Also, use this remedy during winters as saffron tends to produce heat in the body and may not suit your body during summer.