Saffron is for Much More Than Just Cooking

Saffron was, and continues to be, one of the most valuable spices on the planet. Cultivated since antiquity, today it’s mostly associated with food. If you’ve ever tried paella or Persian cuisine, chances are part of the dish sported a lovely saffron yellow.

However, what makes saffron unique is its relationship with health and well being, specifically weight loss. Indeed, take a gander below to see just some of the ways saffron can spice up your life.

The health benefits of saffron are numerous, but what makes this spice so versatile? The answer comes from its properties. Saffron contains antioxidants such as crocin, crocetin, safranal, and lycopene, which help the body work at peak performance. Incorporating saffron into daily eating has also shown positive effects on mental illnesses such as Depression and Alzheimer’s, but it has an especially significant impact on weight loss. A deficiency of serotonin (the hormone influencing your appetite and moods) is what causes food cravings and binge eating. Saffron stimulates serotonin levels and makes it easier to control snacking and cravings, making it particularly useful for those looking to lose weight. It works by replacing the chemical reactions that cause you to crave foods with ones that makes you feel full, completely naturally.

As a result, taking a steady supplement of saffron can have amazing effects. For example, one study discovered that just over 175mg of saffron a day can result in 55% less snacking after 8 weeks. It’s rich in vitamins and minerals too, including Vitamin A, Vitamin B2 – Riboflavin, Vitamin B3 – Niacin, Vitamin C, Folic Acid, Calcium, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Selenium, Zinc, Carotenoids and Crocin, all of which promote a healthier, slimmer body.

The best part of saffron is that it’s incredibly easy to incorporate into your diet. If you’re a fan of nights in and a little TLC, saffron tea makes the perfect accompaniment. The spice has a naturally rich taste and earthy, delicate aroma that perfectly imparts itself into brewed tea. It’s also the easiest way to incorporate saffron into your diet, and requires only 30 milligrams (or a few threads) to make all the difference. There’s no better reason to put the kettle on.

Another fantastic quality is the small quantity necessary to notice its benefits. Saffron may be the most expensive spice in the world, but luckily very little is needed to feel the positive effects. LDL cholesterol can be directly targeted at the same time as weight, eliminating the excess fat and cleaning up your arteries. Just 50mg of saffron twice a day over a 6-week period can reduce LDL cholesterol oxidation susceptibility, making saffron the perfect companion to a cardiovascular workout.

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