Saffron is known as Zafraan or Kesar. The thread like part of Zafraan flower is used for many health and medicinal purposes. Zafraan is one of the most expensive spices in the world as maximum of its processing work is done through hand. Saffron is extremely valuable spice because of its distinct flavor, health and medicinal properties.
Zafraan is used in many culinary recipes worldwide due to its unique flavor which is happened due to the presence of chemical compounds such as picrocrocin and safranal. The most sought after herbal product is used in diseases like asthma, cough & cold, stomach ailments, insomnia, uterine bleeding, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, infertility, depression, cholesterol, flatulence, etc. Zafraan contain more than 150 volatile compounds that is good for the overall well-being of the body. Saffron is widely grown in Kashmir.
AS ANTI-OXIDANTS : It is having many antioxidants that are beneficial in contending of free radicals thereby helps in prevention of diseases and promotion of health
Controls heart rate: Potassium in saffron is good in controlling heart beat by allowing to slow down thus protect the heart.
FOR BLOOD PRESSURE : The zafraan spice contains many minerals such as cooper, potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, magnesium, zinc and selenium. Some of these are helpful in controlling blood pressure as well as in the formation of haemoglobin.
FOR CANCER PREVENTION : It contains bio-chemical compounds such as zea-xanthin, lycopene, α- and β- carotene; all these are acts like as immune modulator and protect the human body from cancer.
AS STRESS BUSTER : The presence of carotenoids is beneficial in boosting the level of immunity and reduces oxidant-induced stress.
FOR RADIANT SKIN :It is highly beneficial for radiant skin
AS ANTIDEPRESSANT : Zafraan contains safranal and alfa-crocin, a volatile oil compound, effective in controlling depression and acts like as anticonvulsant.Zafraan brings cheerfulness and wisdom in the body.
GOOD FOR DIGESTION : It is good for digestion due to presence of multiple medicinal compounds and an anti-convulsant. It stimulates digestion. It is suggested that one should make a mix of water (1 litre) and 1 spoon of Honey 'n' Saffron for strengthening the function of stomach.
FOR PREGNANCY : Honey 'n' Saffron during pregnancy with milk is good for enhancing pelvic blood flow and reduces the occurrence of cramps, which is common during pregnancy. Drinking of saffron honey milk helps to stimulate the production of serotonin that control mood swings, tension, stress and depression among pregnant mother.