Health Benefits Of Saffron(kesar)

Saffron is one of the most costly spices in the world which is obtained from the dried stigma of saffron flower. It is also known as Kesar or Kumkumapoo. It is used as medicine from ancient and because of its health benefits it is also known as golden spice.

How to buy saffron?

You can buy saffron either as as unprocessed stigmas (called saffron threads) or powdered. The threads should be red with orange tips. Threads lacking orange tips may be dyed, hence it should be avoided.
Powdered saffron, is easier to use, since it can be added directly to a dish, while the threads need to be immersed in hot water first.

Health benefit of saffron:

  • It is used for the improvement of digestion and appetite.It is used for treating cough.
  • It is found to be extremely beneficial for providing relief from gas and acidity related problems.
  • Taking a pinch of saffron with milk before bed helps in sleep disorders like insomnia.
  • Pregnant women are advised to take saffron as it is believed that it improves the color of baby.
  • It is also believed that it maintains body temperature thus prevents kids from getting cold.
  • It is an antioxidant and has anti-cancerous properties.
  • A number of people also believe that it is a potent aphrodisiac - that probably explains the kesar milk that is a part of the wedding night ritual.
  • Saffron is also said to have anti-tumor properties.Saffron being a blood purifier helps in increasing the oxygen content of the blood thereby aiding in the overall health and well being of a person.
  • Applying milk mixed with saffron on skin refine the skin tone.t helps in treating various disorders like asthma, atherosclerosis, painful menstrual periods and even depression.
  • Saffron is considered as a blood purifier and anti-inflammatory properties.It helps in relieving inflammation of arthritis also with providing relief from joint pains.

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