GettyImages Saffron : “A month’s saffron treatment gave a boost to sexual function in women who had been treated for depression”
Perhaps best known as the world’s most expensive spice, saffron has an alluring yellow colour and a subtly floral, slightly bitter taste. The golden strands are the dried stigmata (part of the female reproductive system) of Crocus sativus flowers.
With a healthboosting reputation to match its price tag, saffron is packed full of antioxidants and many studies point to its cancer-fighting properties. It’s also said to be good for the brain. Some human studies suggest that taking 30mg per day may help to ease mild depression; others show that a daily dose may improve cognitive function in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. And that’s before we get to saffron’s famed aphrodisiac qualities, illustrated by an Iranian study showing that a month’s saffron treatment gave a boost to sexual function in women who had been treated for depression.
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