Saffron has a long medicinal history as part of traditional healing. Recent studies have shown it to have anti-carcinogenic (cancer-suppressing) properties, anti-mutagenic (mutation-preventing) and antioxidant properties. Drinking saffron tea is probably the easiest way to ingest saffron and enjoy the health benefits saffron can offer.
It is also very helpful for depression and protect the eyes and slow down macular degeneration, It is often used to reduce fevers, cramps and to calm the nerves.
Interesting fact: In Edgar Cayce’s readings he recommended saffron 250 times. Of these, 200 of them were recommended to be taken as a tea. (Click Here To Read)
A pinch of saffron threads
Put the saffron in a cup with a little warm water and leave for 10 minutes.
After the 10 minutes have passed strain the tea removing the saffron threads if you wish.
Pour boiling water over it and add a little honey to sweeten if desired.
Less than 30 mins preparation time and serves 4 -6.
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The spice, saffron, shows promise in preventing liver cancer in animal models. Rats treated with the chemical carcinogen, diethylnitrosamine (DEN) there was an inhibition of cell proliferation and stimulation of apoptosis, both of which are important cancer treatment mechanisms. Chronic infection with hepatitis B or C are major risk factors for primary hepatocellular carcinoma. DEN is an environmental carcinogen found in tobacco smoke, cosmetics, gasoline, and processed foods including milk and meat products.
Saffron has antioxidant, anticancer, and anti-inflammatory properties.
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Fresh saffron is not the same as fresh produce. Saffron threads are not sold right after being plucked from the flower. Saffron threads need to be properly dehydrated to avoid mold and to prolong its shelf life. Once the dehydration process is complete then the saffron is ready to be sold. The term “fresh saffron” refers to saffron that is less than one year old. Continue reading
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Saffron is the stigma of the Crocus sativus flower. The stigma is the female part of the flower. Each flower produces three stigmas that are hand picked and dried. Because the stigma are so small, and must be hand picked, saffron is the most expensive spice on the market.
The best saffron uses only the upper bright-red stigma of the crocus flower. Lower grades will add the yellow style, which has no flavor. The lowest grades may be made of only the style. Good saffron should be bright red in color, never yellow.