SOURCE: Crocus sativus
COLOR: Light Brown
- A Powerful Antioxidant
- May Improve Mood and Treat Depressive Symptoms
- May Have Cancer-Fighting Properties
- Reduce heart disease risk factors
- Improve memory in adults with Alzheimer’s disease
Saffron is harvested by hand from the Crocus sativus
flower, commonly known as the “saffron crocus.” The term “saffron” applies to the flower's thread-like structures, or stigma. It can take 75,000 saffron blossoms to produce a single pound of saffron spice. Saffron is largely cultivated and harvested by hand. Due to the amount of labor involved in harvesting, saffron is considered one of the world's most expensive spices. The stigmas, and sometimes the petals, are also used to make medicine.
Clinical studies have evaluated doses ranging from 20 to 400 mg/day of pure saffron. 30 mg of saffron per day been shown to be enough to reap its health benefits.