Saffron

Saffron

Formal Name: Crocus sativus
Supplement Forms: Leaves, liquids

Recommended Daily Allowance

  • Infants: (0 to 12 Months) N/A
  • Children: (1 to 13 years) N/A
  • Adolescents: (14 to 18 Years) N/A
  • Adults: (19 and Older) N/A
  • Lactating Women: N/A
  • Pregnant Women: N/A

Notes: No RDA info available.

Additional Information

History

Throughout the course of history, saffron has remained one of the most expensive herbs in the world. It has been used for over 3,500 years by a variety of cultures. The Greeks and Romans used saffron more for its aroma than its taste, as it was included in perfume and deodorizers. Soldiers also used saffron in their baths, believing it would accelerate the healing of wounds.

Bodily Functions Saffron Assists

Saffron is a delicious herb that has been shown to improve the digestive process, relieving gas and acidity while coating the mucus membranes of the stomach. It may also provide relief from menstrual pain, asthma, and mild depression.

Foods High in Saffron

Saffron can typically be found baked into buns and rolls. It also adds a subtle, delicious flavor to tomato sauces.

Ailment That Saffron Eliminates:
  • Works as an expectorant, removing phlegm from the chest and sinuses
  • May help to maintain a healthy sleeping cycle
  • Reduces fever by inducing sweating
  • Relieves menstrual pain
  • Treats asthma
Side Effects/Pre-Cautions:
  • No known side effects with normal culinary
    doses
  • Eating saffron in quantities exceeding five grams could lead to vertigo, vomiting, flushing, or
    miscarriage

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