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Zafran

Zafran

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Saffron comes from the lily family and it is carefully picked from the sticky part of the crocus flower called stigma. It is then separated from the white style and laid out onto a sieve to be treated by heat to achieve a richer flavor. This long and delicate process where each thread has to be harvested by hand, is the reason behind this crop being expensive. It has various medicinal benefits which is why despite its cost, it is still high in demand.

Rich Antioxidant

Saffron has a number of plant-based compounds that act like antioxidants such as crocin, safranal, picrocrocin, crocetin, and kaempferol. These antioxidants help protect against oxidative stress and damage caused by harmful free radicals, keeping you from developing several life-threatening health conditions.

Protects the Nervous System

The antioxidants in saffron also protect the body’s nervous system as they reduce inflammation and damage caused to the brain due to oxidative stress. Saffron may even help with Alzheimer’s symptoms as a result of its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

Uplifts Mood

Saffron is sometimes also known as the sunshine spice, not only referring to its color but also the fact that it can play a role in uplifting your mood. It appears to relieve symptoms of mild depression. Some research suggests that it might increase the dopamine levels in the brain, without changing the other hormone levels, like that of serotonin. 

Boosts Libido

Saffron has been shown to improve the sex drive of males and females, especially those taking antidepressants. It may improve the condition of males suffering from erectile dysfunction symptoms. Females, specifically the ones on antidepressants may experience lesser pain during intercourse and possibly have an increased sexual desire.

Reduces the Intensity of PMS Symptoms

Saffron may even be helpful in treating the psychological and physical symptoms of PMS. It possibly reduces irritability, pain, cravings, headaches, and levels of cortisol, a stress hormone in the body.

Helps Lose Weight

Saffron has been shown to help reduce weight as it keeps your hunger in check, minimizing the will to snack.

Saffron in Food

Its understated taste and aroma go well in many savory dishes. To get the most flavor out of this spice, soak it in hot, not boiling water. Add the threads along with the water into the dish you wish to add it to. The threads are better than the powdered version as you get it in its purest form, free from any processing. Just a small amount of it is enough to enhance the flavors of the dish you are making. You require even less than a pinch of this product in your food as adding too much often gives it a medicine-like flavor.

 

How to use

Make saffron milk

  • Boil some milk and add a 2-3 strands of saffron to the liquid and let it simmer for a while to fully enjoy the many benefits this versatile spice has to offer. You can even add in a teaspoon of honey or sugar as required.
  • Arabic coffee calls for cardamom and a few strands of saffron that perfectly pair with the creamy cup of coffee.

Disclaimer: Pregnant women should be careful consuming saffron as a large amount (larger than what can be found in food) may cause contraction of the uterus causing the person to miscarry.

FAQ's

What is Zafran, and what does it contain?

Saffron is a spice derived from the stigma (the female reproductive part) of the Crocus sativus flower, commonly known as the saffron crocus.

How can Zafran be used in cooking?

It can be used in cooking by infusing its threads in warm liquid for dishes like rice or soups, adding it directly to stews or paellas, grinding it for certain recipes, incorporating it into baked goods, and using it in marinades for meat or vegetables.

What are the potential health benefits of consuming Zafran?

It may offer health benefits, including antioxidant properties, potential mood enhancement, anti-inflammatory effects, digestive aid, support for vision health, and potential anti-cancer properties.

Is Zafran suitable for individuals with dietary restrictions?

Yes, it is generally suitable for most dietary preferences. However, individuals with specific allergies or dietary restrictions should consult their dieticians.

How should Zafran be stored to maintain its quality?

It is recommended to store it in a cool, dark place away from direct sunlight.

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