According to the scientists, saffron may help cure eye disease and reverse the course of blindness in old age.
A group of researchers investigate that saffron has noticeable effects on the genes that are responsible for regulating the performance of the vision cells of the eyes. The spice protects the damage of the vision cells and helps in reversing the course of blinding diseases such as retinitis pigmentosa and age-related macular degeneration.
Another study in Rome on patients found that the use of saffron supplements may lead to the recovery of the damaged eye cells. The saffron spice emanates from the dried stigma of the flower of the saffron crocus and it’s one of the most expensive spices in the world. It’s used both as a colouring agent and as a seasoning when cooking.
Saffron originated from Southwest Asia and contains a carotenoid dye, which accounts for the golden-yellow colour of foods whenever saffron is used for cooking. Saffron has become the most sought after ingredient all over the world and it’s widely used in European, Arab, Persian, Central Asia and Indian cuisines. In addition, countries like India and China have used saffron as a fabric dye.
Aside the mentioned facts about saffron, it’s known to have a lot of medicinal applications and in treatment of such ailments as depression, menstrual pains, chronic diarrhea, and menopausal problems. It’s worth mentioning that modern medicine has discovered that saffron can be used in the prevention of cancer and mutations.